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The Subtle Art of Machining

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A stack of steel bar stock rests on a rack in the shop. The plans for the part have been drawn up. The contract signed. The order made. Now it’s up to the shop to transform that raw material into the intricate components the customer expects with tolerances down to +/-.0001”. Let the subtle art of machining begin. 

Every finished component started as a raw material—steel, aluminum, brass, copper alloy; you name it. Getting from those materials to a finished product is no accident. Skilled machinists wield precision tools with a commitment to producing top-quality components and satisfying their customers and partners.

When people think of the craftsman, they often think of a carpenter or a sculptor, but machining is as much an art form as any other profession that takes raw materials and creates something beautiful and usable. The tight tolerances and small margin for error require a machinist to be more exact, more of a perfectionist than those working with other materials.

Quality Machining Takes Proper Equipment, Proper Skill

Intricate designs, extreme precision, and exceptional efficiency don’t come with subpar equipment and undertrained workers. Like with all artful productions, machining requires tools to get the job done, and those tools provide machinists with the best possible opportunity to complete their goal.

Mainstay Manufacturing uses Mazak as our primary machining equipment partner. Okuma and Citizen equipment are also used in our fleet. On the software side of things, we trust Mastercam CAD/CAM software, which helps us reduce programming time and optimize tool paths and cutting parameters.

These machines allow us to craft larger pieces with more precision and efficiency than other machining companies in the industry. Our machining capabilities set us apart from other suppliers in the industry.

Those capabilities wouldn’t mean much if we didn’t have the expertise to deliver quality finished products efficiently. That’s why we invest in our machinists as well as our equipment, providing them with the skills they need to machine to extreme tolerances again and again.  

At Mainstay, we’re committed to providing our partners with the best metal components possible by utilizing modern machining techniques and equipment. We offer a wide range of CNC machining capabilities, including punching, forming, turning and milling.

For more information about how you can use our machining craftsmanship, contact us today.