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...]

Turn and Mill Complete at Metalmite????

Metalmite is known for making the parts regardless of the challenges! We are able to use our multi-axis machines to turn and mill at the same time. In the past we had 4 or 5 operations and setups to complete a part, but now we have parts coming off the machine complete. We are excited to be lowering the piece prices and increasing the volumes that we can offer or customer base. We have been able to keep up with thousands for parts per order now instead of simply hundreds. Give us a … [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...]

Safety Matters at Metalmite

Our new safety program is being rolled out this month.  Ask one of the employees how that is going.  We are taking the initiative to keep everyone safe and keep your parts safe and sound at the same time! ­ Recently I read this in an article- "Every person working in a machine shop must be trained on the equipment present, even if they may not use it frequently.  A thorough knowledge of tools and parts is necessary to maintain high-quality safety standards. All employees … [Read more...]

Small But Detailed Parts

Metalmite is known for extreme accuracy on very small parts. We have a "Mini-mill" that is made by Mori Seiki and several other machines that excel in making small details. The following parts have a series of tiny holes around the ID as you can see in the photo. We take pride in making sure every feature is covered and accurate to customer specifications. Metalmite uses 5 axis machining to get the hard-to-reach areas of many parts as well. Our DMG Mori Seiki Mills are the most powerful on … [Read more...]

Metalmite starts out right- New DMG Mori CTX 6 Axis Machine

Metalmite has always invested in technology when it looks like the technology will directly help the customer save money and increase accuracy!  Our brand new DMG Mori CTX Beta 800 6 axis machining center will do just that!  You will see from the picture and video link below that this machine will bring Metalmite and you to a whole new level of Good, Fast, and economical! Metalmite uses 6 axis lathes and 5 axis mills to stay current with technology. We are a … [Read more...]


Metalmite has 6 axis multi-tool-machining centers that can make parts complete in one operation.  This saves time and money for the end user. The parts are also more accurate and more precise because there is no human error with them between operations. We use Mori Seiki CNC Lathes with main spindle, programmable sub-spindle, live-tooling and “Y” axes. They are the ultimate in Multi-Tasking lathes. Talk about LEAN machine cells, these machines are like two CNC Lathes back-to-back with a … [Read more...]

Metalmite from the sky 2016

Metalmite has been a Rochester business almost 50 years now. We can see the development grow around us every year.  We thought you might like to see some photos from then and now just for fun!  You will see how we went from manual machines to the latest 5 axis CNC mills and 6 axis lathes on the market over the last 50 years!  Thanks for being a valued part of our history!   I received word this month that a couple machine shops in our area have closed their doors. I have not heard … [Read more...]

SAE equivalent steel for XC38

At Metalmite we quote many various kinds of steel and aluminum to our customers. Many times we get requests that we are not familiar with and we need to do some research.  Earlier this year we had a request to make something out of XC38 steel.  As we dug in to Google we quickly found out that this is a French callout for a 1035 grade steel.  A relatively low carbon alloy strip steel.   We were able to offer the 1045 steel that is more prevalent in the USA as a substitute.   You only … [Read more...]