Case Studies

5-Axis Milling

The Specs

Development Time: 2 Weeks
Applied Processes: CAD, 5-Axis Milling, CNC Machining, CMM Inspection
Materials Employed: 7075-T6 Aluminum
Industry: Military

The Story:

A customer hired Metalmite to make some brackets that were light weight and strong.  They chose 7075-T6 aluminum as their alloy and designed the part that they wanted.  Being very pressed for time they came to Metalmite….Learn More


 

Plastic Connector

The specs

Development Time: 2 Weeks
Applied Processes: CAD, 6-Axis Machining, CMM Inspection
Materials Employed: Nylon 6/6 Glass Filled
Industry: Automotive

The Story:

An Automotive customer that is working on an alternative energy vehicle requested a plastic connector to be made by Metalmite.  They sent over a CAD file and requested that the part be made from…Learn More


 

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The Specs

Development Time: 2-3 Weeks
Applied Processes: Wire EDM, CNC Lathe, and Inspection
Materials Employed: Carbide, High Speed Steel, and Stainless
Industry: Aerospace

The Story:

A Ballscrew manufacturer hired Metalmite to machine some ballnuts and ballscrews parts for them.  The initial difficultly figuring out how to machine the ball tracks, as they are not designed with a full radii, but rather “ogival” in nature. As the challenge came up…Learn More


 

5-Axis Machining

The Specs

Development Time: 2 Weeks
Applied Processes: 5 Axis Milling and Inspection
Materials Employed: 6061-T6 Aluminum
Industry: Military

The Story:

A customer approached Metalmite with a request for fast turnaround on a new style Swing Arm for a large vehicle.  The task was challenging because there were not very many flat surfaces…Learn More


 

3D Surfacing

The Specs

Development Time: 2 Weeks
Applied Processes: 3 Axis Milling and Inspection
Materials Employed: ABS Plastic
Industry: Automotive

The Story:

An automotive armrest manufacturer contacted Metalmite about rapid prototyping a new arm rest for the GM Acadia before it came out. The company had previously used Stereolithography (SLA) for this need, but had decided…Learn More


 

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The Specs

Development Time: 1-2 Weeks
Applied Processes: High Speed Milling, Heat Treatment Wire EDM
Materials Employed: 17-4 Stainless Steels
Industry: Aerospace

The Story:

Metalmite has always been a precision machining house that specializes in small highly detailed parts.  One such part in referred to as a multiliners ad is used in ballscrew manufacturing to return the ball bearings back to their original thread track.  These small multiliners are made of different forms of stainless steel and are heat treated to around 40 Rockwell C scale.  When first asked to make these parts Metalmite would…


 

Flywheel — From Development to Application

The Specs:

Development Time: 3 Weeks
Applied Processes: CAD, 5-Axis Milling
Materials Employed: Stainless Steel

The Story:

With fuel economy becoming more and more important, General Motors needed a more efficient flywheel for their engines, and it needed to be manufactured using the highest standards possible.  This all aluminum flywheel is the answer…