The CNC milling process uses computer-controlled machine tools to produce highly complex shapes and parts that can hold close tolerances. Perfect for rigid materials – including the most advanced engineering plastics – CNC milling machines are versatile enough to produce a wide variety of parts, including ball joints, brackets, spindles, prototypes, and much more.
Unlike the traditional drill presses they resemble, CNC milling machines can cut along multiple axes. The movement of these axes is designated by a letter: X and Y denote horizontal movement, Z stands for vertical movement, and W marks diagonal movement across the vertical plane. The cutting tool can be round, square, or angled, and is capable of creating a wide array of shapes, slots, holes, and other necessary impressions.
Typically, the cutting tool rotates on an axis perpendicular to the table holding the block of material being cut. The computer controls both the motion of the cutter and the motion of the block, and can turn the block to face many different orientations—even in the middle of the process—to allow for even more complex geometries. With our state-of-the-art machinery and experienced technicians, we can produce parts that hold tolerances of +/- .001 with surface finishes as smooth as 15Ra.
At Reading Plastic, we have been providing superior CNC machining services to companies around the world for over three decades. We complete parts with a superior finish to meet your specifications, such as a level of optical quality or a post-production polish, and demand parts pass a rigorous ISO 9001:2008 certified quality inspection before shipping them to you.
Our CNC milling process is used to create advanced parts from all types of plastic, including but not limited to ABS, PVC, polypropylene, Lexan, Nylon and many more. If you have a project in mind, request a quote today. We look forward to working with you!