Florida Knife offers Precision CNC Machining Services along with Laser Cutting and Precision Grinding to produce finished parts.

Machining refers to any manufacturing process in which equipment removes material from the workpiece until it takes the desired form. In the early years of manufacturing, machining operations were performed manually. However, recent years have given rise to precision CNC machining, which offers many advantages over traditional machining operations.

Two key benefits that manufacturers can expect from CNC machining are:

  • Better repeatability: Automated CNC equipment can perform operations over long production runs without creating variations between each individual part
  • High precision: CNC machining can manufacture complex products to very tight tolerances

For a comprehensive list of CNC Machining capabilities refer to our Specifications Table below.

Machine Types 3 Axis CNC
Manual Lathe
(3) Bridgeports
Materials Steel
Iron Based Superalloy
Alloy Steel
Carbon Steel
Tool Steel
Ferrous Materials
Tolerance */- .001″
Secondary Operations Laser Cutting
Laser Engraving & Marking
3 Axis CNC Machining
Precision Grinding
Industry Focus Aerospace

Metal Machining

Many CNC machining operations work very well with metal workpieces. These machining operations involve a broad range of tools, such as lathes, drills, presses, and other types of equipment. Some common CNC metal machining processes that we offer include:

  • Vertical CNC Machining
  • Turning
  • Drilling
  • Grinding

Besides mechanically driven machining operations, CNC machining can also include welding, burning, and erosion techniques, such as laser cutting.

Specific metal machining processes vary according to the operation used by the manufacturer. For example, during a turning operation, the CNC machine’s lathe turns along two axes and makes precise cuts to remove undesirable material from the workpiece. CNC drilling is the process during which machines drill cylindrical holes in specified locations along the target material or sheet.

CNC machining can produce metal products for a broad spectrum of industries, from automobiles to construction equipment to home appliances.

Aluminum Machining

One of the most popular metals for use in CNC machining operations is aluminum. Aluminum presents exceptional machinability, especially for drilling operations. Furthermore, it offers unique thermal, electrical, and mechanical properties for end applications.

Aluminum is also a lightweight material that is often more cost-effective than denser metals. Advantages of using aluminum include:

  • High level of electrical conductivity
  • Many available grades
  • Lighter weight relative to other metals
  • Tractability

Plastic Machining

Plastic is another popular source material for CNC machining. When plastic components need to be manufactured in high volumes, CNC machining can present a cost-effective and efficient solution.

Plastic machining depends to a large extent on the rigidity of the targeted plastic workpiece. Many of the same operations used in metal machining also apply to plastic machining. The plastic machining process offers some potential advantages over working with metal, such as:

  • Ease of forming: Plastic has a low melting point compared with metal, and it’s much more pliable as well. This makes it easier to form plastic into basic desired shapes.
  • Reduced finishing: Most plastics can be painted or colored before production, which saves time on postproduction processes.
  • Quicker production lead times: Plastic machining operations can typically be performed within faster turnaround times than metal machining.
  • Higher chem