Month: May 2022

Axiom welcomes Tom Bridle to the team

Tom Bridle has joined Axiom as a Design Engineer with over 10 experience working as a CAD Designer in the automotive, aerospace and medical industries. Tom is an enthusiastic engineer with a passion for Computer-Aided Design, modelling and technical drafting. He has specialist skills in the design of CMM inspection fixtures, machining fixtures and assembly fixtures for automated and manual processes as well as jig design, design for manufacture, metrology and GD&T.

Tom is experienced in the drafting of technical drawings and the application of geometrical dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) as well as the review and adaptation of customer applications. Tom has skills in CAD design for end of arm tooling and various pneumatic and automated machinery as well as the ability to design to account for production tooling and bespoke/low volume tooling.

Tom will greatly enhance the design capabilities at Axiom with his experience in Computer-Aided Design, 3D printing, metrology, GD&T and automation.

What is CNC machining?

CNC – Computer Numerical Control – machining is a subtractive process where a solid block of material is shaped through cutting, boring, drilling, and grinding – producing a unique, custom-designed part.

The material can be anything from wood to plastic, metal, foam or composites – giving you a lot of scope for the product/part you’re looking to create.

And you don’t need to worry about spiralling costs as CNC machines are incredibly accurate – meaning they create minimal waste with zero errors.

Due to its flexibility and effectiveness, CNC machining is widespread and is found in industries such as:

  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Aerospace
  • Oil and gas
  • Transport
  • Medical
  • Telecommunications
  • The list goes on…

It’s not just for large businesses, either. CNC manufacturing is equally suitable for small businesses, startups, or an inventor with an idea ready to be prototyped.

CNC machining process

The whole process starts with an idea or a vision of the product you’re looking to build.

For automotive businesses, this could be the door frame of their latest model. While for an entrepreneurial inventor, it could be a part of their product that must be custom-built.

Either way, our expert design team can help take your idea and turn it into reality. 

If you already have a CAD design ready, fantastic. We can work with that, chat with you about what you’re looking to achieve and then give you a quote.

If you don’t have a design, don’t worry, as we can help you out by creating the design for your particular needs.

Our friendly team will help you out at each stage of the journey.

Once a design is in place, and you’re happy to proceed, we get to work on delivering your product with our industry-leading CNC machines and operators.

Depending on your needs and resources, that can be as quick as the same day up to 48-hours.

Types of CNC machining operations

Just like us humans, CNC machines come in all shapes and sizes. The most common of which is the milling machine.

With milling, excess material is cut away to mould the shape you are looking for by:

  • Cutting and removing surplus material
  • Machining features to the exact size and shape you require
  • Drilling holes

Second to milling is the lathe which creates cylindrical shapes.

Lathes rotate the material and make the part by turning the material against the cutters as it moves along the surface, creating a smooth area as it goes – void of bumps or grooves.

Lathes can produce items such as:

  • Parts for valves
  • Automotive compononts
  • Shafts
  • Anything cylindrical

7 advantages of CNC machining

1 / Fast and cost-effective

The automated nature of CNC machining makes the process simple and cost-effective, with parts produced with high levels of precision and accuracy.

2 / Little to no waste

CNC machining is driven by computers using cutting-edge software optimised to know how to create a component without waste.

Our experienced design team use CAD-CAM models that produce quick and eligible results.

3 / Zero defects through greater accuracy

As the process is fully automated, human error is illuminated. The end-to-end process is managed by computer and delivers a high-quality end result each time.

With parts being reliably made to measure each time, assembly by human or robot hands is far more effective.

4 / Repeatability

Working hand-in-hand with accuracy is repeatability – they are the superpowers of CNC machining.

A simple way to look at it is that accuracy achieves your desired result. Repeatability means that result is achieved every time, no matter the volume.

5 / Enhanced personnel safety

CNC machines can function without an operator, which removes the chances of any accidents happening. No loss of limb or digits here 🙂 

Modern CNC machines can change their tools as part of the process. Which is another tik in the box for safety and efficiency.

If you need to change your design, no problem – that’s all handled through the CAD-CAM software. The only hands-on needed is through typing on the PC’s keyboard.

6 / You can scale up

CNC machining gives you the flexibility of scale in that you can build one part all the way through to a piece that needs to be created thousands of times.

All safe in the knowledge that each piece is identical.

7 / Lower production costs

Last, but certainly, no means least, is lower production costs. The above points should nicely highlight for you how smooth the process of CNC machining is.

Parts can be produced quickly, without waste, and with identical results – which equals lower costs. All without compromising on quality.

Is CNC machining for you?

If you are looking to build a product or are curious about the process, hopefully, we’ve given you a nice overview of what’s involved.

However, the best way to find out how 100% British CNC machining can help you is to speak with an Axiom expert today.

Whether you need a prototype or a production at scale, we can help you out.

We are recruiting; 3 Axis CNC Programmer – Milling Operator Setter

2 DMGs machines

Axiom are looking for a 3 Axis CNC Programmer – Milling Operator Setter with experience of machining aluminium, steels, Modelboards and plastics to a high quality. Tasks will include programming, setting and operating on 3 axis machining centres.

You will ideally be apprentice trained or a time served machinist with a minimum of 2 years CNC machining experience.

You must have experience working primarily with Haas and / or Heidenheim controls and preferably programming using Visi. Any other Offline CAM programming experience would be beneficial. You must also be able to multitask across a number of machines and be proactive to ensure components meet quality requirements. You will need to be self driven, whilst still working well within our small team. Attention to detail and good time keeping is essential.

This position offers exciting opportunities for the right candidate to develop skills in many areas including training on 5 axis DMU 50 CNC machines.

The position is full-time, permanent with a good hourly rate dependent on experience. 40 hours per week plus overtime at 1.5 hourly rate. 25 days holiday plus Bank Holidays. Monday – Friday 8.00am – 4.30pm.

Please send your CV to jane.turner@axiompd.co.uk

CMM inspection fixtures to aid accuracy of measured parts

The team at Axiom have recently delivered a suit of CMM Inspection Fixtures for an automotive customer which will enable them to accurately measure parts.

Coordinate Measuring Machines ( CMM ) are industrial inspection machines that measure the dimensional accuracy of manufactured goods which is an important step to monitoring production quality to ensure manufactured components meet design specifications.

Axiom were delighted to design and manufacture these inspection fixtures in house to a high standard within a quick turnaround time.

Contact the team with your CMM requirements.