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Inside Look at a Pattern Maker

Posted by Gavin Mason

Time Lapse Video of a Pattern Maker and His CNC Machine 

CPM Industries is a leading provider of quality custom Prototype CastingsShort-Run Castings, and Low Volume Castings in both ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. To produce a casting, you need a pattern; CPM can work with your existing pattern or we can create a pattern for you. Each pattern is designed and created by one of our highly skilled and experienced engineers. All of our engineers at CPM Industries must serve a five year apprenticeship before they are officially considered a pattern maker. Once considered a pattern maker, our engineers are then cross trained in machining giving them the ability to produce turnkey prototype and short run castings for our clients. This helps CPM minimize lead times while reducing problems associated with projects changing hands as the same engineer works the project from start to finish. 

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Tags: CNC, Prototype castings, Low Volume Castings, cnc machine, Turn-Key Operations, pattern maker, Foundry patterns

Large Castings Can Be Tricky

Posted by Gavin Mason

Machining Large Castings


Large metal castings are an area of expertise and not every company can produce them. Here at CPM Industries we prefer to work with castings weighing no more than 500lbs per piece. At CPM, we don't actually do the pouring of the metal, we have partner foundries so we potentially could work with pieces exceeding 500lbs, but we prefer not to. We produce prototype and/or short run/low quantity castings with even shorter lead times so working with large castings is usually not in our best interests. However, companies that are interested in working with large castings are usually optimized to work with large castings, for example having overhead cranes, forklifts, and larger CNC machines. Also, not every foundry has the capabilities to produce large castings as they require specialized machines and tools not to mention they just simply take more time. 

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Tags: machining, CNC, Coordinate measuring machine, CAD model

Manufacturing Organs... Impossible?

Posted by Gavin Mason

3D-Printing Technology

3D printing has become widely popular in the manufacturing of plastic and rubber parts and is similar to producing a part on a CNC machine, but it also has its major differences. Both machines produce a three dimensional object but they use opposite processes to do so. Producing a part on a CNC machine involves using a solid piece of material, or billet, and machining material away from the billet to produce the desired shape; also known as subtractive process. A 3D printer uses additive manufacturing to produce a three dimensional object, meaning it adds material rather than removing material to create the part. The first 3D printer was actually created in 1984, but only since the start of the twenty first century has 3D printing grown popular. A major reason for its popularity is additive manufacturing is a more economical process when producing parts as there is no waste or scrap material left over. Another reason for the rise in popularity is the reduced time it takes to design and produce a part because it is designed from a digital model rather than a physical model. Although this technology has been available for some period of time, it is only now becoming popular and affordable. A major reason why it has become popular is due to its potential for advancements into the medical industry.

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Tags: machining, CNC, 3D Printing

Cast vs. Billet

Posted by Gavin Mason

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Tags: Casting Design, Aluminum Castings, Aluminum Sand Casting, CPM Industries, casting, CNC, Aluminum Hog-Outs, Billet

Machining and Tooling Technology

Posted by Gavin Mason

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Tags: machining, CNC, tooling, laser

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