CNC Machining Services
Streamline Your Production with Our CNC Machining Services and Rapid Turnaround
Our CNC machining services streamline the creation of custom phone cases with precision and efficiency. Here's a breakdown of our comprehensive process:
CNC Machining Service Process:
Step 1: Injection Molding
We start by crafting the raw case with a robust injection mold, laying the foundation for the subsequent customization steps.
Step 2: Pattern Printing
Designs are printed onto durable 3M PVC material, ensuring high-quality visuals for the case.
Step 3: Die-Cutting
The printed PVC is then meticulously die-cut to fit specific phone models perfectly.
Step 4: PVC Application
The die-cut PVC is adhered to the raw case, with options to add decorative elements such as glitter, foil, or other inclusions.
Step 5: Resin Application
The CNC Machining Processes: Milling and Turning with Precision
Discover the intricacies of CNC machining processes that transform solid materials into precision parts. Here's an overview of our capabilities in CNC milling and turning:
CNC milling is a subtractive manufacturing process that meticulously removes material from plastic and metal blocks to create the final parts.
Utilizing both 3-axis milling and 5-axis indexed milling techniques, we are able to tackle complex geometries and intricate designs.
Explore Our Milling Capabilities:
Dive deeper into our extensive CNC milling capabilities that allow for high precision and versatility in part production.
Review Our Milling Design Guidelines:
We drop transparent resin onto the case for a sleek finish, or mix it with glitter or foil if additional embellishments are needed.
Step 6: Curing Process
The case undergoes baking in an oven until the epoxy resin solidifies, completing the manufacturing process.
The end result is a fully integrated phone case with materials that are permanently bonded, ensuring lasting quality and durability.
Online CNC Machining Service for Custom Parts:
Receive machined prototypes and production parts in as fast as one day by leveraging our online quote system.
We are an ISO 9001:2015, AS9100D, and ITAR registered facility, highlighting our commitment to quality and precision.
Capacity and Capabilities:
With an array of CNC machines, our in-house digital factories offer unmatched capacity for on-time delivery.
At LK tools, our CNC machining facilities are optimized for rapid prototyping and low-volume production.
Access advanced machining capabilities through our digital network of manufacturers at Hubs, including tighter tolerances, volume pricing, and anodizing options.
As your single supplier for machined parts, we are dedicated to providing manufacturing solutions that cater to the specific requirements of your projects. Contact us today to accelerate your product development with our CNC machining services.
Our design guidelines provide essential information to ensure your CNC milling projects are optimized for the best results.
CNC turning with live tooling is a sophisticated process that merges the capabilities of a lathe and a mill to machine parts with cylindrical features from metal rod stock.
Explore Our Turning Capabilities:
Learn about our CNC turning services, which deliver precision and efficiency for parts requiring lathe operations combined with milling features.
Review Our Turning Design Guidelines:
Familiarize yourself with our turning design guidelines to maximize the quality and functionality of your CNC turned parts.
Our commitment to precision and quality ensures that, whether through CNC milling or turning, your parts are machined to meet exact standards and specifications. Click on the links to our capabilities and design guidelines to understand how our CNC machining services can bring your projects to life with accuracy and efficiency.
Expanding Precision with Our CNC Machining Capabilities at LK toolsand Hubs
At LK tools, our in-house digital factories, coupled with our expansive digital network of manufacturers at Hubs, offer a comprehensive range of CNC machining capabilities designed to meet the diverse needs of our clients. Whether you require rapid turnaround or have more complex needs that allow for additional fabrication time, we have the resources to accommodate your project.
CNC Machining Services Offered:
CNC Milling: Precision milling to create complex geometries and fine details.
CNC Turning: Producing cylindrical parts with exceptional accuracy and finish.
Factory Capabilities vs. Network Capabilities:
Maximum Part Size:
Factory: Up to 22 in. x 14 in. x 3.75 in. (559mm x 356mm x 95.3mm).
Network: Up to 25.5 in. x 25.5 in. x 11.8 in. (650mm x 650mm x 300mm).
Minimum Part Size:
Accelerate Your Project with Fast-Tracked Finished Parts
Experience unparalleled speed in part production with our rapid finishing services! Get your machined parts, including those crafted from aluminum 6061/6082 and 7075, anodized and chromate plated in as fast as 4 days. Begin your next machining project with us today and witness efficiency like never before.
Factory: As small as 0.25 in. x 0.25 in. (6.35mm x 6.35mm).
Network: Down to 0.019 in. (0.50mm).
Factory: +/- 0.005 in. (+/- 0.13mm).
Network: +/-0.001 in. (0.020mm).
Radii: Inner corners will naturally be radiused due to the CNC machining process.
Text Engraving Capabilities:
For plastic and soft metals:
Minimum text width of 0.018 in. (0.457mm) and depth of 0.0118 in. (0.3mm), such as 16 point Arial Rounded MT font.
For hard metals:
Minimum text width of 0.033 in. (0.838mm) and depth of 0.0118 in. (0.3mm), like a 22 point Arial Rounded MT font.
Our commitment to precision, whether through our factory capabilities or our network's advanced options, ensures that your parts are machined to the highest standards. For detailed and custom CNC machined parts, contact us to leverage our capabilities and get your project started with efficiency and excellence.
The Advantages of Choosing Us for Your Custom CNC Machining Needs
When it comes to custom CNC machining, our service stands out for its rapid delivery, reliability, and advanced capabilities. Here's why you should consider us for your CNC machining projects:
Fast and Reliable Delivery:
Speed up the iteration of part designs and fast-track product development with our quick-turn parts.
Our automated design analysis detects any challenging features to machine, preventing costly reworks later on.
Insightful Manufacturing Analysis and Instant Online Quotes:
Upon receiving your 3D CAD file, we conduct an in-depth analysis of your part geometry to pinpoint any machining challenges, from thin walls to non-threadable holes.
Domestic Production and Support:
As a trusted U.S.-based manufacturer, we eliminate the risks associated with outsourcing parts overseas.
Our customer support is always available to assist with part orders, design input, material suggestions, or any queries you may have.
Say goodbye to downtime while waiting for parts. Our on-demand manufacturing capacity acts as an extension of your operations, ensuring no lulls in production.
Diverse Material Selection:
Our inventory includes over 30 engineering-grade plastics and metals suitable for a wide array of applications and industries, from durable plastics like ABS, polycarbonate, nylon, and PEEK to metals like aluminum, stainless steel, platinum, and copper.
Advanced Manufacturing Capabilities:
Through our network of manufacturers at Hubs, access advanced options like anodizing, enhanced tolerances, and volume pricing.
Benefit from finishing services such as black oxide, nickel plating, and chromate coatings for larger quantities; enjoy tolerances as precise as ±0.001 in. (0.020mm); and achieve cost-effective production at higher volumes for a lower per-part price.
Choose us for custom CNC machining, and let us elevate your product development with our comprehensive, quality-driven manufacturing solutions. Reach out today to start your project with a partner who delivers excellence at every step.
The Superior Advantages of CNC Machining for Prototyping and Production
CNC machining stands as a premier subtractive manufacturing process, offering a host of benefits that make it indispensable for both prototyping and the production of parts. Here's a look at the key advantages CNC machining brings to the table:
Precision and Repeatability: CNC machining delivers parts with exceptional accuracy, ensuring that every piece is consistent with your exact specifications, time after time.
Tight Tolerances: Our CNC machines operate with high precision, capable of achieving tight tolerances that are crucial for the fit and function of your components.
Production-Grade Materials: We utilize a variety of production-grade materials that provide the strength and durability needed for real-world applications.
Quick-Turn Parts: Our efficient processes allow for the production of quick-turn parts, with the capability to deliver within just 1 day, accelerating your project's timeline.
Cost-Effective Scaling: As the quantity of your order increases, we offer a lower cost per piece, providing an economical scale for larger production runs.
Robust Post-Processing: To further enhance your parts, we offer robust post-processing options that improve both the cosmetic finish and material properties, resulting in superior quality components.
CNC machining is the ideal solution for creating high-quality parts that meet strict requirements and deadlines. Whether you're in the early stages of design or ready for full-scale production, CNC machining offers the versatility, speed, and precision you need.
Key Industries and Applications of CNC Machining
CNC machining has become an integral part of numerous industries due to its precision manufacturing capabilities and versatility with production-grade materials. Here's an overview of where CNC machining is commonly applied and the types of parts it produces:
Aerospace Industry: Demanding the utmost precision for safety-critical components, the aerospace industry relies on CNC machining for parts that can withstand extreme conditions and meet strict regulatory standards.
Medical Sector: For the medical industry, CNC machining produces parts with the accuracy and reliability required for life-saving medical instrumentation and devices, all while adhering to stringent medical regulations.
Automotive Industry: Automotive manufacturers turn to CNC machining for its ability to rapidly produce durable components that contribute to the overall performance and safety of vehicles.
Typical CNC Machined Parts:
Housings and Enclosures: Essential for protecting sensitive electronics and components within a variety of devices.
Brackets: Used to support and reinforce structures, CNC-machined brackets are customized for specific applications.
Fixtures for Manufacturing: Precision-crafted to ensure consistency during the production process, fixtures are vital for maintaining quality across manufacturing operations.
Gears and Bearings: CNC machining provides the precision required for gears and bearings that ensure smooth operation in machinery and vehicles.
Internal Mechanical Components: The internal parts of machines and devices, often complex in design, are precisely created using CNC machining to guarantee proper function.
Medical Instrumentation: Accurate and reliable instruments are crucial in healthcare, making CNC machining a go-to process for creating high-quality medical components.
CNC machining's adaptability and precision make it a cornerstone technology across various sectors, driving innovation and ensuring the reliability of parts in critical applications. Whether you're in aerospace, medical, automotive, or another industry requiring exacting precision, CNC machining offers the solutions to meet your manufacturing challenges.
Unlocking the Details of an Online CNC Quote with LK tools
When you're looking to bring your machined part from concept to reality, an online CNC quote is the first step in understanding the scope and cost of your project. Here's what you can expect when you request a quote from LK tools:
Getting Your Online CNC Quote:
3D CAD File Submission: Upload the 3D CAD file of your part, and within hours, we'll provide you with a detailed manufacturing analysis and an interactive quote.
Material and Quantity Modifications: Within the quote, you have the flexibility to alter materials and quantities, with pricing updates displayed in real-time for informed decision-making.
Manufacturing Analysis: Our analysis will highlight any areas of your design that may affect manufacturability, and you can even assign threading effortlessly with just a click.
Components of Your CNC Quote:
Accurate Pricing: Receive real-time, accurate pricing to help you budget and plan your project with confidence.
Comprehensive Manufacturing Analysis: Gain insights into the manufacturability of your part, ensuring that any potential challenges are addressed early on.
Threading Assignments: Easily specify threading requirements directly within your quote, streamlining the process and ensuring precision in the final product.
By providing a transparent and detailed quote, LK tools empowers you to make the best choices for your CNC machining needs. With our interactive quoting system, you're not just getting a price; you're getting a roadmap to a successful project. Upload your 3D CAD file today and let's get started on bringing your precision machined parts to life.
Your Guide to Frequently Asked Questions on CNC Machining
Navigating the world of CNC machining can be complex, which is why we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you understand the process, costs, and capabilities involved.
How much does CNC machining cost?
Prices for CNC machining start around $65 and vary based on factors such as complexity, quantity, and lead time. The most accurate way to determine cost is to submit a 3D CAD model for an interactive quote, which includes design for manufacturability (DFM) feedback. Our use of proprietary software and automated fixturing processes means there are no upfront non-recurring engineering (NRE) costs. This pricing model makes low-volume orders cost-effective. Compared to 3D printing, CNC machining prices are similar or slightly higher, but offer improved material properties and surface finishes.
What types of threading options are available?
We provide a variety of threading options, including UNF, UNC, and metric threads, as well as coil and key inserts (note: we do not supply or install the inserts). These threading types are available for both milled and turned CNC parts. For a comprehensive view of our threading capabilities, please visit our website.
What is the maximum part size for CNC machining?
The maximum part size depends on the material selected. Our largest available part dimension is 22 in. x 14 in. x 3.75 in. (559mm x 356mm x 95.25mm) for materials like Aluminum 6061 and 7075. For material-specific maximum dimensions, refer to the table provided on our website.
Where can I learn more about CNC design?
We offer a variety of resources to educate you on CNC machining and designing parts for the process. Some recommended reads include guides on how to reduce CNC part costs, selecting a CNC machining material, understanding CNC tolerances, and designing for CNC machining.
What are the advantages of CNC machining?
CNC machining is a preferred manufacturing method for rapidly producing prototypes and production parts due to its precision, choice of engineering-grade materials, and quick-turn lead times.
What is the digital network at Hubs?
Our digital network, powered by Hubs, connects you to premium manufacturing partners around the globe, offering expanded capabilities, tighter tolerances, volume pricing, and the ability to handle more complex parts. For a full list of capabilities available through Hubs, visit hubs.com and click on the 'Capabilities' tab.
For any additional information or assistance with your CNC machining needs, reach out to us, and we'll be happy to help guide you through the process.