Steel CNC Machining

Trace-A-Matic specializes in machining steel parts and assemblies using state-of-the-art computer numerical controlled CNC milling and turning, 5-axis centers, and high-speed cutting tools. Years of experience provide expert knowledge of cutting a wide variety of steel alloys, their 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 steel 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 and manufacturing process. Our goal is 100% customer satisfaction, providing AS 9100/ISO 9001:2015 certified quality machining resulting in timely turnaround and on-time delivery.

Steel CNC Machining
Steel Types and Characteristics:
  • Carbon steel contains carbon and iron, used in a variety of applications - mild steel having the least amount of carbon
  • Alloy includes nickel, copper, chromium, or aluminum, altering the strength and corrosion resistance
  • Stainless contain chromium and is known for corrosion resistance - 304 and 316 being the most common
  • Tool steel contains tungsten, molybdenum, cobalt, and vanadium, used in cutting and drilling equipment

Steel machining encompasses a broad spectrum of processes to shape steel into finished components for various applications. High-speed steel (HSS) tools are frequently employed in steel machining due to their excellent heat resistance and wear characteristics, enabling efficient material removal even at elevated temperatures. Steel machining encompasses various grades, each tailored to specific applications, from structural to tool steels. The diversity of steel includes carbon steel, alloy steel, stainless steel, and tool steel, each with distinct properties and machining requirements. Machined parts produced from steel serve critical roles across industries, from automotive components to aerospace structures. However, some steel grades pose challenges during machining due to their hardness, toughness, or high-temperature resistance, making them inherently difficult to machine. Innovative machining strategies, such as advanced tool coatings and optimized cutting parameters, are continuously developed to overcome these challenges, enhance the efficiency and precision of steel machining processes, and extend tool life. With technological advancements, instant quoting systems have streamlined the procurement process, allowing for rapid estimation of costs and lead times.

Material Types: castings, forgings, fabricated weldments, billets, bar stock, plate, and sheet metal

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

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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