All there is to know about metal machining.
High Velocity Technologies is home to an array of machinery and custom tooling, able to accommodate an endless variety of machining jobs of almost any size. Our precision machine shop is ready to refurbish equipment from a range of industries, including earthmoving, hydraulics, agriculture, defence, oil and gas, and downhole and drilling tools.
During the manufacturing process, almost all metal components need machining in some way or another. Using powerful machinery, the component can be manufactured to a specific design by subtracting material – a bit like whittling. This process is called machining, and it’s the creative force behind most products.
How does machining work?
Machining is a subtractive manufacturing method. Unlike additive methods like 3D printers, which gradually build up material to create something, machining uses ‘raw’ unshaped material and ‘carves’ it into a designed part.
What are the different types of machining?
With these machining tools we can bore, cut, drill, grind, mill and turn your material to subtract from it and shape it into its final form.
- Boring tools are typically used to make existing holes wider.
- Drilling tools create holes in the workpiece – just like a standard drill.
- Cutting tools subtract from existing material (like sheet metal) and turn it into a workable piece.
- Grinding tools use a rotating wheel to sand down surfaces and finish them off.
- Turning tools like lathes rotate the workpiece, allowing a cutting tool to shape it.
- Milling tools are used to cut special designs into the workpiece, like square holes.
Additionally, metals can be custom fabricated and shaped through means of groove, thread cut, end mill, face mill, counterbore, ream and tap methods.
These tools are operated by computerised software. Automated computer numerical control machining (CNC) allows for the greatest precision when manufacturing or repairing components – by inputting a digital design code, the CNC technique can quickly produce high volumes of consistently designed product using very little manual labour. Once coded, it’s good to go and requires minimal downtime!
The machine shop capabilities include vertical boring, horizontal boring, milling and machining/ grinding on various lathes and cylindrical grinders. We repair components of all kinds, and specialise in repairing components for earthmoving, hydraulic and drilling equipment.
Contact HVT to discuss your machining project today!