As CNC machining has expanded and grown around the world, it is only natural that the amount of materials suitable for CNC milling has grown as well. Processes that were once thought only suitable for tough metals like tool steel can now be used with softer, more delicate materials such as ABS plastic or Teflon. While each of these materials has their benefits, they also are not always suited for specific applications, and each have potential issues that must be taken into consideration before deciding on what material to use.

The CNC machining experts at Roberson Tool have decades of experience producing parts made from all manner of materials. Our team is here to help you find what material works best for your part and how it will be used, and we can even suggest alternative materials that can save you time or add value to your project. Request a quote online today or call us at 573-646-3996 to learn more.

What To Consider When Choosing A Material

There are a lot of factors to think about when selecting a material for a CNC machining project, such as:

  • What is the finished product being used for? A project for the automotive industry requires different needs and features than one for the medical sector, for instance.
  • Stress load. Depending on the application, parts made from certain materials may break and bend easily under stress, which makes them essentially useless.
  • Electrical conductivity. Do you need your part to insulate or conduct electricity? If so, you will need to choose a material that has those qualities.
  • Temperature resistance. Some materials handle extreme heat or cold better than others, and thus are more suited for critical applications.
  • Cost.

Work With A Knowledgable CNC Machining Partner

At Roberson Machine Company, our experienced staff can help you find the right material for your contract manufacturing project. Whether it’s aluminum, plastic, steel, or even wood, we can suggest the medium that would work best for your particular application. We bring more than two decades’ worth of expertise to every one of our projects, meaning that we can also help you potentially find a more cost-effective or appropriate solution as well as suggest improvements that can potentially improve performance and reliability.

If you’re looking for knowledgable engineering professionals who can provide turn-key contract manufacturing services, Roberson Tool is your destination. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for your project.