Precision Machining Toronto - Applying Technology in Machining

April 15, 2016

If you take a look around, you will find all sorts of consumer products that have undergone precision machining in Toronto. In order to function, product components must be machined precisely--from the frame of a desk to the seat of a bike. Manufacturers are making increased effort to remove any variations so that all parts are identical in design, shape, and measurements.

Importance of precision in the production of medical devices

When it comes to large cities like Toronto, precision machining is in need everywhere, from factories to hospitals. In the medical industry, precision machining is very critical, particularly with the increased demand for miniaturized medical instruments and devices for surgery and implant procedures. As medical products go from small to miniature, high precision becomes a must. In the medical industry, a slight deviation in measurement can result in permanent disability or loss of life. If the components do not fit accurately, the results can be quite serious. Due to increasing demand for precision, different technologies have been developed to achieve consistent geometry with very minimal variability for a trouble free assembly process. Two of the most widely implemented technologies for precision machining purposes are:

  • High speed CNC milling – CNC means computer numerical control. It is integrated to different rotating and cutting tools to remove material from the work piece, according to the specifications of the customer. The efficiency of precision machining depends on the complexity of the part. The initial investment in CNC milling is quite high but it is an indispensable tool for precision machining in Toronto and the GTA.
  • EDM or electrical discharge machining – is a precise and flexible machining process that is widely used to create intricate geometries on precision dies, molds and fixtures for tool making. EDM makes use of an electrical arc to erode the work piece without the actual application of cutting force. Precision machining makes use of EDM for miniaturized components where the amount of metal that has to be removed is relatively small.