Keeping CNC Machining Costs Low & Turnaround Quick

Dec. 1 2021

Keeping CNC Machining Costs Low & Turnaround Quick

Keeping CNC machining costs low can be difficult, especially if you’re unsure of the elements of machining that take the most work and time to begin with. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to keep CNC machining and milling costs low before your project even reaches the machine shop. This includes identifying factors that lead to high CNC costs early on, such as avoiding expensive materials, elaborate surface finishes, and overly specific tolerances. (For example, we recommend following standardized radii for non-critical features. Small, overly specific radii for inside corners is time-consuming and often requires special setup.)

LAMJEN utilizes extensive experience and unique machining equipment that allows them to specialize in CNC milling and machining services in Erie, Pa. These machines include vertical and horizontal CNC machining centers, manual lathes, and CNC turning centers with live tool capability and large capacity. We outperform our competitors in the area of in-house quality assurance; this includes monitoring operations, inspecting finished products, and keeping a verifiable record to ensure complete traceability on each job.

Tips for Keeping CNC Milling & Machining Costs Low

CNC machining can be expensive, and especially having to redo any part of the operation can seriously disrupt your budget. That’s why identifying design and development factors that lead to high CNC machining costs is key. If you can determine these factors within your own project, your machinist can then adjust them, minimize their use, and eliminate any production-heavy aspects early in the process.

Some of the most common cost-increasing factors of CNC milling and machining include overly specific tolerances, expensive materials, and elaborate surface finishes. Additionally, milling overly specific radii for inside corners is time-consuming and often requires special setups, ultimately leading to higher costs. Here’s a tip: the ideal inner corner radius for most machined parts is 3 mm, or ⅛ inch. You can save on setup time and expenses by following standardized radii for non-critical features.

CNC Milling & Machining Services in Erie, Pa.

LAMJEN has experience machining tight tolerances, as well as small components in various types and grades of materials, including aluminum, brass, bronze, carbon, copper, Inconel, Monel, Nitronic, stainless, and titanium. LAMJEN is capable of machining even the most complex parts quickly and efficiently, with five CNC machining centers and four CNC turning centers at our disposal. We complete parts with limited operations, reducing setup time and ensuring close feature to feature tolerance.

LAMJEN also offers oxy-fuel and plasma burning, grinding, welding, heat treating, painting and coating, and product testing assembly. We commonly machine components and parts for a variety of industries including oil & gas, transportation, entertainment, power generation, and mining.

ISO Registered CNC Machining in Erie

LAMJEN is an ISO-9001:2015 registered CNC machining shop in Erie, Pa. We have the long-term experience and state-of-the-art equipment necessary to machine your project quickly and efficiently, saving you money where it really counts. By working directly with customers to reduce costs, LAMJEN is capable of completing your project on time and at a fraction of the cost of other machine shops. LAMJEN will utilize all of the tools and processes at its disposal to provide you with superior CNC machined parts. Contact us today to learn more about how our CNC milling and machining services can benefit your next project.


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