Wire EDM does what others can’t

Wire EDM has been a life-saver for Metalmite for more than 20 years! We are able to cut things that conventional tools cannot and able to hold sizes that normally are only on grinders. We have learned to group multiple parts on one fixture that we designed in order to maximize returns. We have run as many as 35 parts when they were small enough. This allows us to keep the machine running even when we are not there. Metalmite, located in Rochester, Michigan — approximately 20 miles outside of … [Read more...]

CNC Grinding and Beyond

CNC grinding is still not as common as we thought it would be by now. We are one of the few machine shops that owns a CNC grinder and uses it daily. We do outside work as well, but predominately it is for our own use. We selected the Toyoda Select G for it's 40 inches of travel and it's ability to grind radii and angles at the same time.       Metalmite uses CNC Grinding to save time and money for finish parts. Our CNC Grinder averaged four minutes per part for the … [Read more...]

5 Axis on Face-Splines

We have been asked by customers to use our 5 axis technology to machine many things. One of the more common requests is a face-spline. We are able to read the model and mill the spline complete. The reason these are not easy for anyone to do is that they require constant axis synchronous movement and CAD-CAM software to support this. So why do you need full 5 axis machining from Metalmite? To help increase your market-share, increase your sales and increase your profits. In addition, you … [Read more...]

Production or Prototype at Metalmite?

Customers always ask if we are a production or a prototype shop. This question is difficult to answer because we do BOTH! We often do the first round of prototypes for a customer when a part has never been manufactured before. Then we can stay involved until the part hits 10,000 pcs and then we tend to move on. There have been a few products that we have entertained making 30,000 or 40,000pcs annually however. So do not count us out for the bid! We are often asked how quickly a part like … [Read more...]

CNC CAD AND GIBBSCAM 12

Metalmite continues use Gibbs Cam to program complex parts and keep up with customer demands. We have several seats available to our highly-talented programmers and we use them to keep customers happy Found online here (https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/geomagic-control-x-2018-and-gibbscam-12-drive-productivity-and-efficiency-for-manufacturing-software-industry-300520852.html): "Designed and created by the people who invented 3D printing and modern 3D scan data processing and … [Read more...]

Blue Coats are Coming!

Metalmite takes Quality very seriously! Our new Quality Assurance Manager has made sure that the members of the Quality Department are clearly noticed as well. You will see them in the blue lab coats. They will also be holding the new ISO 9001:2015 Certification in their hands very shortly as they are pressing forward with the upgrade for Metalmite. Here are the main benefits of the ISO upgrade: The benefits of ISO 9001 are not overstated; companies large and small have gained great … [Read more...]

Are you Nuts? We are!!!!

Metalmite is known for fast lathe turn-around time!   We were able to get this nuts into a lathe and thread them to the gauges in record time. We then had to put them into a mill to generate the complex profile our customer needed. We take pride in these fast turnarounds and getting the customer out of hot water! Our CNC milling department has grown substantially over the last 10 years. We have added multiple 5 axis machining centers, multiple seats of Gibbs Cam software for programming, … [Read more...]

Is your Yoke too much?

Metalmite has been known to make yokes from solid in record time and at record low cost. We have 5 and 6 axis equipment that can make these parts in 1 or 2 operations complete! We can even put the splines in using wire EDM or other methods. Our customers agree that the costs have come down substantially since we have made the investment in this new technology. CNC milling department has grown substantially over the last 10 years. We have added multiple 5 axis machining centers, multiple … [Read more...]

Turn and Mill

Metalmite is known for fast lathe turn-around and speedy milling complex parts! You can see that this part has both turning and milling and is also made from stainless steel. We are not scared away by complexity and intricacy as some shops may be. We look forward to a challenge!  We have been told recently that it looks like we make "jewelry" in our shop. The parts we make are high-tolerance and low volume and we have no room for error. Look at the list of sample parts on our … [Read more...]

Quality Assurance Room takes off!

We received our new 5 axis CMM from Hexagon Metrology and we have been doing some incredible inspection since then!  Our Inspector Greg R. has gone out for training and learned the new aspects of the new equipment. We have had customer's come just to have us inspect parts that other suppliers made in order to verify results!... For over 45 years Metalmite (see our video here) has pursued manufacturing perfection with a precise mix of quality, service, delivery and price! This winning … [Read more...]