AC Manufacturing is a complete 5 axis cnc machine shop capable of machining parts to customer specification (conventional and 5 axis machining). We can machine to print and accept the most common file formats including:
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We can accept both small and large run jobs of custom machined parts.
If you need copper parts cnc machined we are one of the most capable and affordable sources specializing in manufacturing custom machined parts on advanced 5 axis cnc machines with cnc precision. With over two generations of knowledge and experience, our team is able to produce copper parts that require innovative tooling and fixturing in a timely manner with competitive price. We do cnc machining on 5 axis all kinds of copper and copper alloys.
We provide Turning and Milling, 3 axis , 3+2 axis & continuous 5 axis machining).
We accept both small and large run jobs, Minimum quantity for order is 1.
Short lead times are often available 2-3 days.
Standard lead time is 2 weeks.
Copper is considered a mineral of energy and mental agility. In legend, copper is said to be the metal of the God Hermes, who facilitates that mental agility, and quick wit.
Copper is an excellent conductor of energy, from electricity to the mystical subtle energies emanating from higher planes, etc. Historically, copper was the first metal to be worked by people. The discovery that it could be hardened with a little tin to form the alloy bronze gave the name to the Bronze Age. Most copper is used in electrical equipment such as wiring and motors. This is because it conducts both heat and electricity very well, and can be drawn into wires. It also has uses in construction (for example roofing and plumbing), and industrial machinery (such as heat exchangers).
Copper cnc machining is the specialized precision machining of customer designed copper components from cold headed blanks, copper blanks, or solid copper bars. Copper is a very difficult metal to machine and requires specialized process knowledge for manufacturing. Copper alloys are often used in place of pure copper to improve machinability, especially when performing more intricate custom work. As such, specialized knowledge and expertise is necessary when machining copper on 5 axis equipment.
Completed operations include milling, slotting, drilling, tapping, counterboring, chamfering, threading, knurling, brazing, grooving, trimming, and nickel plating.
We use 5 axis machines such as Haas UMC 750 and Haas VF-5SS as well as conventional milling equipment (Matsuura RA-1G, MC 500V PC 2S and MC-510 VG).
Using the latest CNC machines we undertake the precision manufacture of copper parts to accurate and tight tolerance standards at a lower cost.
Pure copper is difficult to machine on 5 axis because
of its high ductility and high cold
workability. Tool wear is very high and
chip formation very poor. As chip compression
is substantial, the cutting
edge is subjected to large mechanical
loads. The long tubular chips that form
when pure copper is machined are
difficult to handle and remove. As the
cutting pressure remains uniform when
machining pure copper, chatter marks
tend not to form. There is however a
risk of built-up edge formation when
cnc machining pure copper and this can
lead to a poor machined finish. The
tendency to form a built-up edge decreases
with increasing cutting speed
and greater feed rates.
As copper oxide does not dissolve in
copper, the oxygen-bearing copper.
Machining copper alloys
Compared to other metallic structural
materials, most copper-based materials
are relatively easy to machine. CNC Machining copper alloys is considerably
easier than cnc machining steels or aluminium
alloys of the same strength. Parts that are mass-manufactured are
typically machined from copper materials.
In order to meet a very wide range
of technical and engineering requirements,
a great number of copper-based
materials have been developed over
the years that are used for 5 axis cnc machining.
Machining tungusten in our cnc machine shop:
Copper alloys offer excellent electrical conductivity, making them a popular choice for custom machining of electrical contacts. Copper alloys like TeCu and CA 145 offer a reasonably low price point, making them popular for lower-cost custom machining jobs. Copper alloys like BeCu and alloy 25 are significantly stronger but are also significantly more expensive.
Examples of more recent
developments include the low-alloyed
copper alloys, copper-nickel alloys and
lead-free copper alloys. The spectrum
of materials available ranges from the
high-strength copper-aluminium alloys
to the very soft pure coppers with their
high elongation after fracture.
When cnc machining copper alloys
chip-breaking additives can increase
the machinability of copper alloys. The
sole chip-breaking alloying element
used in copper alloys is lead. Adding
lead to the alloy has only a minor
effect on the materialís mechanical
strength. However, the ability of the
alloy to undergo cold forming and its
ability to withstand impact and shock
are both reduced significantly.
|Low-alloyed copper alloys
(alloying elements < 5 %)
Multi-component aluminium bronzes
Multi-component aluminium bronzes
|Copper-zinc alloys, binary alloys
|Copper-zinc alloys, multi-component alloys
Ultra precision 5 axis machining of copper
Copper finds widespread use in optical
systems. Ultra-precision cnc machining of
copper can produce optical components
with high-quality mirror surfaces
and high dimensional accuracy.
Ultra precision 5 axis machining (also commonly
known as diamond turning)
differs from conventional machining
techniques in the cutting material
used. Monocrystalline diamond
enables tools to be fashioned with very
precise cutting edge geometry and low
wear. Ultra-precision 5 axis machining lathes are
generally equipped with a minimum
quantity lubrication system.
Copper and copper alloys are used for
different ultra-precision machining
applications. Copper is widely used
for fabricating optical components for
laser systems. Copper is chosen not
only because it permits fabrication of
high-quality surfaces, but also, and
importantly, because of its high heat
Some copper-based materials are cnc machined dry whereas others are machined while applying a cutting fluid. On some machine tools, the use of a cutting fluid is essential as the cutting fluid also serves to lubricate parts of the machine. During 5 axis machining, the cutting fluid does not normally penetrate to the root of the chip so that there is no direct influence of the toolís cutting edge at
the tool-work contact zone. .
More information about machining copper and copper alloys can be find in PDF file prepared by German Copper Institute / Deutsches Kupferinstitut