Machining Copper

Trace-A-Matic specializes in machining copper parts and assemblies using state-of-the-art CNC turning, milling, and 5-axis centers. Years of experience provide expert knowledge of copper characteristics and how this material group reacts when machined. Tool selection, cutting pass depths, mill/lathe feed and speed, chip control, and high-pressure coolant are critical in controlling heat generation, which can cause part movement and tool deflection during the machining process. This level of skill ensures world-class precision machining that meets or exceeds the most demanding tolerances. The innovative Trace-A-Matic team is always available to review and guide you during the design process. Our goal is 100% customer satisfaction, providing AS 9100/ISO 9001:2015 certified quality machining resulting in timely turnaround and on-time delivery.

Our machine operators are highly skilled at cutting copper and its alloys. The proper machining tool, feed rate, radial engagement, and cutting force are essential to reduce heat and chip thinning. High feed rates lead to high temperatures making copper difficult to machine with precision. The work-hardening process makes the metal harder and stronger by plastic deformation of the working material by the tool cutting edge.

Material Types
Castings, forgings, fabricated weldments, billets, bar stock, and plate

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Machining Copper

Copper Machining Services: Engineering, 5-Axis Machining, CNC Milling, CNC Turning, CMM Inspection, and Extensive Special Machining Processes

Copper alloys, renowned for their high corrosion resistance and exceptional electrical and thermal conductivity, present opportunities and challenges in machining processes. While machining copper alloys is generally easier than pure copper due to their improved machinability, it's essential to consider various factors to ensure cost-effective production and superior quality. Using cutting tools tailored for copper CNC machining is crucial, especially when dealing with deep pockets with small radii, as this can increase tool wear over time. Moreover, designing for manufacturability becomes paramount to achieving the desired shape and size while maintaining an excellent surface finish. Despite the challenges, machining copper alloys remains a cost-effective solution for industries requiring components with intricate designs and exceptional performance.

Other Standard and Exotic Metals
aluminum, armor plate, brass, bronze, chromium, copper, gammalloy, Hastelloy, Incoloy, Inconel, Invar, manganese, Monel, nickel, Nitralloy, powdered metals, stainless steel, steel, Stellite, titanium, Waspaloy, and many other superalloys

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