Axis Precision Engineering Components Blog

Not all 5 axis CNC machining is made equal!

Posted by Axis Precision Engineering Ltd. on 17/08/17 17:09

Not every engineering workshop has:

This blog post shows you how to recognise a precision engineering company that ticks all the right boxes.

In short, when you're looking for top notch 5 axis CNC machining you need to read this!

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Topics: precision engineering

Quality machined parts? 9 things to look for in your next supplier

Posted by Axis Precision Engineering Ltd. on 11/08/17 08:37

When a project requires complex machined parts from an outside supplier, predictable and repeatable results are essential. When tolerances and deadlines are tight, there's no wiggle room for error.

Sadly, mishaps can and do occur but when they happen too often something has to give. A great supplier has the capacity and capability to absorb these mishaps. But finding them can be tricky and getting it wrong can be expensive. It pays to choose wisely!

Searching the internet for great precision engineering suppliers is like wading through a pile of very similar CVs. If every engineering website you look at is saying the same things - ISO approval, years of experience, 5 axis machines - how can you choose who is the best fit for the job?

This blog post outlines nine things to look for that make filtering the engineering wheat from the chaff straightforward. And... look out for the tenth, which really could be the clincher!

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Topics: precision engineering

CNC programming - bringing the machines to life

Posted by Axis Precision Engineering Ltd. on 10/08/17 14:38

Obviously, CNC programming is a critical element of precision engineering in the 21st century. At Axis PEC Ltd. quality is a passion, so along with our top of the range DMG 5 axis machines we selected the best CNC software to compliment our hardware!

For us, that means Open Mind hypermill.

The hypermill CAM software allows us to push our CNC machining services to the limit.

It's one thing to have the capacity and another to have the experience but, without the best software, the programming simply cannot happen to the level required. We're dedicated to squeezing every last drop of machining capability from those DMGs!

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Topics: precision engineering

7 Ways To Get Components Right & Deliveries ON TIME

Posted by Axis Precision Engineering Ltd. on 08/08/17 15:37

It's critical to get your components finished and delivered on time. But quality should not be compromised for the sake of a timely delivery. That's just daft, if a part is not right first time, there's a heap of hidden costs to be overcome.

The right supplier must have the capacity and capability to deliver (on time) but also the experience and expertise to complete the job to the required standard. Add a poor programmer into the mix and...

The result will be an unsatisfactory component or deadline missed through delays. Choose the wrong supplier and this scenario, or similar, will be repeated, time after time... So the easiest way to improve supplier delivery performance is to choose the right one.

It's not a cop-out, honest. This post suggests 7 attributes to look for to help you get that choice right and improve supplier delivery performance.

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Topics: precision engineering, Fast Delivery, Right First Time

Aluminium Machining And The Right Workshop

Posted by Axis Precision Engineering Ltd. on 07/08/17 12:25

Aluminium alloys are some of the easiest metals to machine. The various grades of aluminium lend themselves to different applications – 6000 series are ideal for commercial work whereas high-strength 7000 series alloys with improved machining characteristics are well-suited for critical aircraft components and even the iPhone 6 (despite ‘Bendgate’)! 

But, not every workshop you come across will be able to get the most out of this versatile metal across a range of applications...

Aluminium machining for complex projects in aerospace or motorsport sectors require a certain set of skills. If your current suppliers are struggling to fulfil projects to the quality needed at the right price, you'll need to try a different solution.

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Topics: precision engineering, 5 axis milling

5 Things Your Engineering Workshop Must Have To Deliver Quality Components Right First Time

Posted by Axis Precision Engineering Ltd. on 28/07/17 09:21

Receiving incorrect components is frustrating, time consuming and expensive. 

Poor parts add to stress levels, contribute to missed deadlines and can tip you over budget! All re-working is added cost, because time is money! And... it can mean penalties down the line, which is not what you want at all!

So, what would right first time mean to your business?

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Topics: Right First Time

Tolerances, Inspection and Squeezing the Margin

Posted by Axis Precision Engineering Ltd. on 25/07/17 10:09

Your engineers design a fantastic machine, the specifications are top quality. It's a great idea, ahead of the curve and set to disrupt the market. Brilliant!

You know it will sell and it does, the market loves it. It's the premium product of your market and people are happy to pay top dollar! You're very excited...

Obviously, you need to keep a decent margin. So you source the most competitive prices you can find. It's all good business and you're making a decent profit, thank you very much.

But... (there had to be a but, didn't there) it can all start to unravel so very, very easily... There are two common reasons why it does and one very simple solution to make sure it doesn't!

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Topics: Right First Time

Precision CNC machining - Quality is in our blood!

Posted by Axis Precision Engineering Ltd. on 20/07/17 09:43

Axis provide top notch precision CNC machining services with tolerances accurate to 2 microns. This cutting edge capability is only available because we have a passion for quality. 

But this quality stretches beyond our workshop and top of the range DMG 5 axis machining centres: it's in our blood!

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Topics: precision engineering

Precision Engineering Suppliers - Not All That Glitters Is Gold!

Posted by Axis Precision Engineering Ltd. on 22/06/17 11:31

Have you ever had the feeling of Déjà vu during your search for new precision engineering suppliers?

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Topics: changing supplier

Choosing The Right Precision Engineering Company And The Too Good To Be True Quote

Posted by Axis Precision Engineering Ltd. on 09/06/17 11:30

By definition, a successful precision engineering company requires a combination of the right machines AND people with very specific expertise.

For any given project, the CNC machines used must

  • be capable of producing the tolerances required for the job in hand
  • have software able to produce programs to run the machines

Having the capability is only one part of the puzzle! The engineers need to be sufficiently skilled to use the capability those machines offer intelligently. For example, an inexperienced engineer may employ a cutting edge 5 axis machine with a 3 axis mindset. This could result in more operation runs than strictly required.

You need to choose your precision engineering company wisely. Price is a huge factor, but this blog post reveals why you should be suspicious of the too good to be true quote!

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Topics: precision engineering