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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

Come See Axis PEC At Subcon 2017!

Posted by Axis Precision Engineering Ltd. on 01/06/17 08:49

We'll be exhibiting at Subcon 2017, the annual exhibition held at the NEC in Birmingham from 6th - 8th June -  click here to see how we got on at the 2016 event.

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Topics: precision engineering

Putting The Speed And Precision In CNC Engineering

Posted by Axis Precision Engineering Ltd. on 26/05/17 12:52

When low-cost CNC machines first started becoming popular in everyday engineering workshops back in the 70s a revolution took place. Before, most engineering was manual. There was a man for every job... a man for grinding, a man for milling etc., the unions were not pleased.

There was major concern for the loss of jobs that this amazing technology would cause. But CNC engineering became normal and it didn't matter what the unions thought.

The machines have advanced along with technology over the years. 5 axis machines are common place and there's not a single paper tape CNC machine in sight!

With the micropressor, CNC precision engineering advanced and now anyone can get a machine, put it in a workshop and call themselves a precision engineer.

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Topics: precision engineering

High-end 5 axis simultaneous machining

Posted by Axis Precision Engineering Ltd. on 22/05/17 07:31

A capacity list is great, it makes it easy to see if a company has 5 axis simultaneous machining capabilities at a glance. There's an instant insight into a workshop's capacity and capability. But what if you want a bit more...?

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Topics: 5 axis milling

Complex Cycles, CNC Milling And...

Posted by Axis Precision Engineering Ltd. on 16/05/17 14:35

Complex cycles, CNC milling and... 5 Axis machines!

This post illustrates the kind of job we love at Axis Precision Engineering - complicated and testing! Projects requiring complex CNC milling mean our 5 Axis machines, the software that runs them and our engineers are tested, often having to overcome hurdles to get the job done.

It's great!

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Topics: 5 axis milling

Stuck With A Bad Precision Engineering Company?

Posted by Axis Precision Engineering Ltd. on 05/05/17 16:33

Precision engineering, by definition, requires precise accuracy on a consistent basis. Although there's plenty of scope for error, inconsistent finish, reworking and extended deadlines are not acceptable.

If it seems that you're always complaining about your precision engineering company, it's probably because YOU are struggling with one of these problems...

A) Misguided loyalty - you stick with an inconsistent supplier despite the issues

B) Focusing on the wrong details - you're consistently choosing the wrong suppliers

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Topics: precision engineering

How Many Operations? 3 And 5 Axis CNC Machining head-to-head

Posted by Axis Precision Engineering Ltd. on 25/04/17 08:54

You've probably heard it before - and on more than one occasion.

My 3 axis CNC milling machine can do the same job as your 5 axis machine. 

Hmm, perhaps. But it depends...

... there are advantages to using a 5 axis CNC machine for complex components. This post describes a head to head comparison for a specific precision engineering project and reveals how the performance advantages of 5 axis machines benefit YOU the customer.

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Topics: precision engineering, 5 axis milling

Precision Engineers You Can Trust. What Are You Waiting For?

Posted by Axis Precision Engineering Ltd. on 12/04/17 12:07

An interesting quote by Bruno Walters, a German pianist and composer, which sheds light on a common dilemma in the engineering world...

"By concentrating on precision, one arrives at technique. But by concentrating on technique, one does not arrive at precision."
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Topics: precision engineering, Fast Delivery, Right First Time

A Cheap Precision Engineering Supplier Won't Tell You This!

Posted by Axis Precision Engineering Ltd. on 05/04/17 11:49

Your business relies on outsourcing much of your machining services to precision engineering companies, but does it always run smoothly?

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Topics: precision engineering