At AirBorn, we’re not just manufacturing parts. We’re producing the building blocks of your business. That’s why we help you find the right solution for your particular project, working together to build a product we’re both proud to put our names on.

Here at AirBorn, we are all about your business. We’re not contractors, not just manufacturers of parts; we are a part of your business and we know that we succeed when you do. This has been our outlook since our conception, and we believe that it has stood us in good stead. Our clients speak well of us, and, more than this, they come back to us time and time again. Our experienced team members come from a range of backgrounds and have varied specializations, but they share a common goal: providing the highest quality parts and services to you and your business.

Airborn Manufacturing offers CNC milling, or Computer Numerical Control milling, is a machining process that uses computerized controls and rotating multi-point cutting tools to remove material from a workpiece to produce a custom-designed part or product. The CNC milling machine operates based on programmed instructions, allowing for precise and automated machining operations.

Here are some key aspects of CNC milling:

  1. Basic Process:
    • Workpiece: The material or object that is being machined.
    • Cutting Tools: Rotating cutting tools such as end mills, drills, and routers.
    • CNC Machine: The milling machine equipped with computer controls to execute programmed instructions.
  2. Programming:
    • CNC milling requires a CNC program, typically written in G-code, which contains a series of instructions for the machine to follow.
    • The program specifies toolpaths, speeds, feeds, and other parameters to guide the cutting tool in shaping the workpiece.
  3. Machining Steps:
    • Tool Selection: Different tools are used for various operations, such as roughing or finishing.
    • Workpiece Setup: The workpiece is secured to the machine bed or fixture.
    • Zero Point: The starting point for the machining operations is set as the reference point (zero point) on the workpiece.
    • Cutting Operations: The CNC machine executes the programmed toolpaths to remove material from the workpiece gradually.
  4. Benefits of CNC Milling:
    • Precision: CNC milling allows for highly accurate and repeatable machining.
    • Complex Geometries: It can produce intricate and complex shapes that may be challenging with traditional machining methods.
    • Automation: CNC machines can operate continuously with minimal human intervention.
    • Efficiency: Faster production and reduced lead times compared to manual machining.
  5. Applications:
    • CNC milling is used in various industries, including aerospace, automotive, electronics, and medical, to produce parts and components with tight tolerances.
  6. Types of CNC Milling Machines:
    • Vertical Milling Machines: The spindle axis is vertically oriented.
    • Horizontal Milling Machines: The spindle axis is horizontally oriented.
    • 3-axis, 4-axis, and 5-axis Machines: Refers to the number of directions the cutting tool can move.

In summary, CNC milling is a versatile and efficient machining process that plays a crucial role in modern manufacturing, enabling the production of complex and precise parts with a high level of automation.  Call us at 704-483-5000 to discuss your next Milling project!  We serve the Carolinas and beyond.

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