metals for cnc machining

23 Oct: A Quick Start Guide to CNC Machining Metals

In the 21st century, we take metal for granted. Not just steel and aluminum and copper, but titanium and the multitude of steel and copper alloys that make modern life possible. Complex surgical devices and permanent implants in the human body have been made possible by the evolution of sophisticated metals and alloys. The surprising thing about metals is not how many of them we have today, but how many thousands of years it took for us to move beyond…

CNC Machining Career

01 Oct: 10 Reasons A Machining Career Could Be Right For You

CNC machining is the best career you’ve never heard of. It pays well, has excellent long-term employment prospects, and offers interesting work. And you don’t need a college degree to get started. According to collegecalc.org, the average in-state tuition for Illinois public colleges is almost $9,500 a year. For a private college, it’s almost $30,000 a year. Getting a college degree is a business decision so why spend that much money unless you are certain of the ROI? Especially if…

machining dental instruments

28 Aug: Precision Machining of Dental Instruments

To browse through a catalog of dental instruments is to take a journey back in time to the 19th century — or so it seems. There are pliers, wire cutters, probes, picks, awls, forceps, extracting forceps. After a few minutes, it’s easy to let your imagination run away with you, especially if you’ve always wanted to be a screenwriter. However, looks can be deceiving. Yes, the essential function of dental instruments has changed little over the years, but the instruments themselves have…

CNC Manufacturing Aerospace

25 Jul: What Is CNC Manufacturing?

If you were asked what is the most important manufacturing process of the 21st century, what would you say? Perhaps 3D printing would come to mind or laser engraving or possibly something to do with semiconductor fabrication. But we would argue that none of these manufacturing processes has the power to change the world in as significant a way as CNC machining. In the 21st century, manufacturing with CNC machined parts is literally changing the world.    Like dust, CNC…

Engineering medical machined parts

08 Jul: Planning and Engineering Medical Machined Parts

Medical device design and manufacturing requires expertise in three engineering disciplines: mechanical, electrical, and software. As a provider of medical machined parts, we operate within the mechanical engineering discipline. The planning stages of medical device design include research and discovery, specification development, prototyping, and documented testing. We work with our customers throughout all phases of the design and production process to ensure that the end product is safe, effective, innovative, and successful. Developing precision parts for medical devices is one…

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24 May: What is Medical Device Manufacturing?

The global market for medical devices is expected to reach $543.9B in revenue by 2020. With the move toward minimally invasive surgery and micro-machined parts, medical device manufacturing is expected to experience growth for years to come. The medical technology industry invests heavily in research and development to keep up with the innovation and constant pressure for improvement. About Medical Device Manufacturing Medical devices are essential in countries with aging populations like the United States and Japan. In addition to demographics,…

working at SPM meet Althea

22 May: More Than Machining: Meet Althea

In this edition of “More Than Machining: A Look Inside SPM”, we talk to Althea Gregory, Human Resources Manager at Swiss Precision Machining. Althea joined SPM in 1997 and has been with the company for more than 21 years. There are few people better qualified to give an inside look at life inside SPM. Althea’s job is to make sure that open positions are filled with the very best employees so that SPM can serve their customers well. She and…

passivation tanks used to protect against corrosion

16 Apr: Passivation Protects Against Corrosion

Corrosion The word corrode comes from the Latin “corrodo which means ‘I gnaw (to pieces)’, from cor- (‘completely’) + rodo (‘I gnaw’). According to the Google dictionary, corrode means to “destroy or damage slowly by chemical action”. Certainly, no one wants to see that happen to an important metal component part of a critical device, machine, or structure. It’s why passivation is important. According to ASM International, the “corrosion of steel reinforcing bar (rebar) in concrete can proceed out of…

Precision Medical Machining

22 Mar: Precision Medical Machining

Precision medical machining requires strict quality control, highly skilled programmers and operators, and rigorous attention to detail. Our team of expert precision machinists has decades of experience completing the most advanced, intricate and complex projects in the medical device industry. Precision Medical Machining The medical breakthroughs of our generation have happened, in part, because of the sophisticated devices that precision medical machining makes possible. We manufacturer component parts that improve people’s quality of life, allowing them to live longer, healthier,…

robotic surgery requires precisely machined parts

18 Jan: Precision Parts for Robotic Surgery

Ask Colleen Shirey and she’ll tell you that robotic surgery is the only way to go. Robotically-assisted surgical devices are changing the experience of surgery for both doctors and patients with minimally invasive, robot assisted technology. Robotic surgical systems allow surgeons to work through a few small incisions using tiny instruments and precise motion control inside the patient’s body. When Colleen needed surgery on her mitral valve because of an infection, her doctor recommended using a robotic surgical system. Her…