For nearly 38 years, Faith Manufacturing has dedicated itself to being a global leader of precision machining. As a highly regarded and respected provider of quality machined parts, we hear the question often, “What is Precision Machining?” Generally, we prefer to show our customers what a precision-machined part looks like rather than tell them. Since this question is so prevalent however, our expert machinists thought it would be helpful to answer it, once and for all.
Precision machining is a manufacturing process involving specialized machine tools and cutting tools to produce high-accuracy parts and components with extremely tight tolerances. It is a process that requires precise control and a high level of skill, as even the slightest deviation from the desired specifications can result in faulty or unusable parts for our customers.
Precision machining is used in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, defense, medical, automotive, and oil & gas, to name a few. It is often used to produce smaller, complex parts that require a high level of accuracy and repeatability, such as engine components, medical implants, and aerospace parts. Several precision machining processes include turning, milling, and grinding. Each process involves the use of specialized machine tools and cutting tools to remove material from a workpiece in order to shape and finish it to the desired specifications.
Turning is a machining process involving a lathe, which rotates the workpiece while a cutting tool is moved along its surface to remove material. This process produces cylindrical parts, such as shafts and spindles.
Milling is a machining process involving a milling machine, which uses a rotating cutter to remove material from the surface of a workpiece. Milling can be used to produce a wide range of parts, including flat and curved surfaces, as well as internal features such as holes and pockets.
Grinding is a machining process that involves the use of an abrasive wheel to remove material from the surface of a workpiece. Grinding is often used to achieve extremely high precision levels and produce smooth, flat surfaces on parts.
In addition to these traditional machining processes, several advanced machining techniques can be used to produce precision parts. These techniques include electrical discharge machining (EDM), laser machining, and water jet machining. Each of these techniques uses specialized equipment and techniques to produce precision parts with extremely tight tolerances.
One of the key benefits of precision machining is the ability to produce parts with extremely tight tolerances. This means that the dimensions and shape of the finished parts are extremely accurate and consistent, which is critical for many applications where even the slightest deviation from the desired specifications can result in faulty or unusable parts.
Another benefit of precision machining is the ability to produce complex parts with high accuracy. Many precision-machined parts have complex shapes and features that would be impossible to produce using traditional manufacturing processes. Precision machining also offers a high level of repeatability, meaning that multiple copies of the same part can be produced with the same accuracy and precision. This is important for many applications where multiple copies of a part are needed, such as in the production of automotive parts or oil and gas components.
At Faith Manufacturing, we take precision machining seriously. We define quality machined parts as “Quality is conformance to requirements.” Our team is familiar with Customer Witness and 3rd Party Requirements needed for the most stringent quality applications to meet project needs. We ensure customer success for our customers’ customers!
Whether you are a small to mid-sized business, an oil & gas surface or subsea market-leading operation, or the Department of Defense, Faith Manufacturing is your precision machining solution. We can make it happen!