What is Machining?

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What is machining? Machining is the process of forming parts by removing material. Material can be removed by many machining methods. The most common method is mechanical, using a sharp metal tool to shave away material. This is referred to as traditional machining. Traditional machining is almost entirely done with two manual machine tools, the mill and the lathe. Sometimes machined parts are augmented by advanced processes like electrical discharge machining (EDM) or electro-chemical machining (ECM) to further shape metal work pieces.

Machining is used to produce high precision mechanical parts and the machined tools needed for other manufacturing processes. It is not only used in the creation of new parts but also in the repair of existing equipment and parts. Companies that specialize in machining are called machine shops. Machine shops, like Kent Mold & Mfgl, quite literally enable American manufacturing.

What is CNC Machining?
CNC machining is a wonderful example of how technology has improved upon traditional manufacturing processes. Machine shops, like Kent Mold & Mfg, have found that complex shapes can be machined with less labor when mills (milling), lathes (turning)and other machine tools are controlled by computers. This is called Computer Numerical Control (CNC). A CNC mill or a CNC lathe can make parts with very complex shapes and it can make the same part over and over again exactly the same way enabling the machine shop to significantly reduce production costs and stay competitive in an ever increasing global market.

Kent Mold utilizes both traditional and CNC milling, turning and screw machining processes to serve customers both locally (Kent, Ohio) and globally. Our customers are often leaders in aerospace, automation, automotive, defense, electronic and other hi-tech industries. We machine parts to exact specification from a wide variety of materials including aluminum, carbon and stainless steel, brass, plastics, titanium, inconel and other materials.

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