CNC Machining

How do I get my product manufactured?

Get your product made with Axiom

All of the products we use daily started in the same place – as an idea. But, where do you start if you’ve got an idea but have no idea on how to turn it into a product? Read on to find out.

OK, let’s say you have an idea for a new widget that will reshape speakers and the way people listen to music for years to come. You’ve done your initial research and have a good understanding of:

  1. Who needs your product
  2. Why do people need it?
  3. What your competition looks like

Importantly, you’ve also got your intellectual property secured through copyright, trademarks, and patents.

Now it’s time to turn your idea into a prototype, and here at Axiom, we take pride in having a product development focus which is strong in design and innovation.

Our approach can help you:

  1. Develop your idea
  2. Design your product, or advise on how best to design it
  3. Produce a prototype of your product by 3D printing or another suitable process
  4. Manufacture your product through plastic injection moulding or CNC machining

If we can’t manufacture in-house we can advise you on the best process to use for the manufacture of your product.

Get your prototype into shape

Your prototype is the first step in taking an iterative and agile approach to product development. It’s a way to prove your concept and get potential customers and investors interested.

But, before you get too far ahead of yourself, you need to bring it to life with a CAD – computer-aided design – drawing of your product in 3D. This will give you a high-quality design that can be easily amended and makes the transition to a real-life object smoother.

If you already have a design in place, fantastic. We can take it from there. If not, our friendly and experienced design team can help you out.

Once designed, you need your prototype, which we can get 3D printed for you. Then it’s time to move on to making the product through injection moulding or CNC machining.

Plastic injection moulding

Plastic injection moulding involves melting plastic pellets until they’re in a moldable state. They’re then pressure injected into a mould cavity, which fills and solidifies to create your prototype.

Some examples of the products we’ve created through injection moulding

Injection moulding can create a wide variety of products. Here are just a few examples:

  • Remote control casings
  • Keyboards
  • Phone cases
  • Toothbrushes
  •  Electrical enclosures
  • Children’s toys

This list goes on and on. Most things made from plastic can be done so through injection moulding.

Plastic injection moulding benefits:

  1. Fast production
  2. Complex designs are achievable
  3. High-quality with a strong end product
  4. Flexible design and colour
  5. Reduced waste

CNC machining

CNC machining cuts through solid blocks of materials to create a custom-designed shape.

A vast and varied range of products are made through CNC machining such as:

  • Billet machined  bike parts
  • Automotive compononts
  •  Racecar parts

Advantages of CNC machining:

  1. Fast and cost-effective
  2. Little waste
  3. Zero defects through greater accuracy
  4. Repeatability
  5. You can scale up
  6. Lower production costs

To learn more about how the process can help you and your business, read our blog, What is CNC machining?.

Prototyping in action

A mudguard we designed for SicoMTB Products is a great example of what can be achieved.

SicoMTB Products contacted us and asked for support in producing a mudguard that could act as a traditional mudguard while also diverting water and dirt away from the electric motor housing.

Throw in a few more complications like lack of space, and a highly complex solution was required.

To achieve this, our experienced design, engineering and machining team went back to basics by:

  1. 3D scanning the bike to precisely replicate its geometry
  2. Simulate the suspension travel when riding on rough terrain
  3. Designed a shape to fit the space – some clever design features addressed each challenge
  4. 3D printed a prototype – produced for comprehensive testing
  5. Made final design adjustments based on the results before moving the product onto the next stage
  6. CNC machined the initial prototype tooling using epoxy blocks on one of the in-house three-axis machines
  7. Worked with a vacuum forming specialist to produce the final two-piece, innovative mudguard solution, the DualGuard

Are you ready to design and produce your product?

If you are looking to build a product or are curious about the process, hopefully, we’ve given you a good idea of what’s involved and how we can help. Speak with an Axiom expert to get started building your product today.

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.

Could a specialist trim fixture assist your manufacturing process

Axiom have recently assisted this aerospace customer with a specialist trim fixture and tool to assist in their manufacturing process.

The DMG DMU 50 CNC machine at Axiom produced this aluminium vacuum forming tool for the component part for the aerospace customer.

The team also manufactured the trim fixture from Ebaboard 600 which holds the component during the trimming process.

For quick turnaround, reliable CNC machining and jigs and fixture aids contact our team now on 01243 785050 or click here to find out more about our services.

Quick turnaround vacuum forming tools

This aftermarket supplier required a new vacuum forming tool to be manufactured in a tight time frame, which the Axiom team were happy to fulfill. This is what we do best!

The 3 vacuum forming tools were manufactured in-house and will produce parts for motorcycles.

Vacuum forming tools for motorcycle parts

Contact the team at Axiom now to discuss your CNC machining requirements; we’d love to be able to give your business a quote.

Axiom also has vast experience in producing Jigs & Fixtures for the Automotive sector which can greatly aid your manufacturing assembly line. Call us now and we’ll send our experienced staff into your manufacturing assembly line to assess your issues and come up with fast and effective solutions.

See more about our experience, facilities and team here or call us now on 01243 785050.

Carbon Fibre Tooling

The in-house design team at Axiom recently designed and manufactured this precision carbon fibre tooling on the in-house Haas 9 CNC machine for an automotive customer.

Get in touch with our hugely experienced team to find out more about our in-house capabilities and facilities. Call 01243 785050 or email enquiries@axiompd.co.uk

Working with innovative companies

#plasticinjectionmouldedcomponents

Axiom PD are delighted to be working with a highly innovative company, RAD Propulsion, who are designing and manufacturing a range of next generation electric engines for the marine sector.

RAD Propulsion RAD 40 Electric Propulsion Engine

Axiom manufactured the plastic injection mould tool which was then used on the in-house Negri Bossi plastic injection moulding machine to produce items which need to be extremely rugged for use in the harsh marine environment.

Plastic injection moulded items, mould tool and components produced in-house by Axiom PD

These products are complicated to design and manufacture due to the electronic/mechanical interface which needs to withstand water, salt and harsh sunlight.

The team at Axiom worked closely with the engineers at RAD Propulsion to prototype a number of designs and produce the finished products with quick turnarounds to enable testing and refinement.

Contact the team now at Axiom on 01243 785050 or enquiries@axiompd.co.uk or via the website to find out how they can assist in your company’s new product development, rapid prototyping and innovation.

Plastic Injection Mouldings

Axiom Product Development have expertise not only the production of a wide variety of plastic injection moulded items for a wide variety of sectors, but also in the in-house design and manufacture of plastic injection mould tools.

Plastic Injection moulded items from Axiom Product Development

Examples of some of the mould tools and plastic injected products produced on the two Negri Bossi Plastic Injection Moulding machines which are on site near Chichester include golf markers in a variety of colours, motorcycle parts, propellor blades, and items for PPE equipment.

Axiom has the capability to use different spec plastics as well as being able to over-mould metal inserts.

Find out more about our Plastic Injection Moulding capabilities and our on-site facilities and call our team now to discuss your plastic injection mould tool and plastic product requirements on 01243 785050 or email enquiries@axiompd.co.uk .

Formula 1 excitement

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The team here at Axiom are excited to be working on tooling for next season’s Formula 1. The company’s DMG 5 Axis CNC machines have been busy working on quick turnaround requirements, some within as little as 4 hours.

Find out more about our expertise and facilities onsite and call us now on 01243 785050 to speak to our experienced team to discuss your CNC machining requirements.

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Axiom Product Development’s DMG machines

Reverse engineered plastic injection mould tool

When a recent client required a quick turnaround plastic injection mould tool for industrial use, the team at Axiom reverse engineered the existing part to machine the new plastic injection mould tool using P20 steel. Tooling for plastic injection moulding is just one of the many services that Axiom can provide for your business.

Reverse engineered Plastic Injection Mould Tool

The team at Axiom can also produce plastic injection moulded items using their in-house Negri Bossi machines. Check out our full range of services here.

Axiom expert design team deliver mountain bike mudguard solution

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Axiom designed mudguard solution

It’s well known that water and electrics don’t mix which is why water, dirt and stones can cause undue problems to the electrics now commonly seen on the latest generation of mountain bikes. This problem led to the full range of skills and experience at Axiom Product Development being called upon to design and manufacture a workable solution for MTB accessories company SicoMTB Products for a particular bike model.

Traditional mudguards do not work with the changing geometry of the rear suspension, this means that they can only be mounted in one area so reducing the ability to deflect water, grit and stones! SicoMTB Products approached Axiom Product Development to take a fresh look at the problem and challenges and come up with a clever new mudguard design.

The highly experienced design, engineering and machining team at Axiom went back to basics to design a dual function mud guard which could both act as a traditional mudguard and in addition divert the water and muck specifically away from the electric motor housing. Throw in a few more complications like lack of space and a highly complex solution was required.

The in-house design team at Chichester based Axiom Product Development initially 3D scanned the bike to precisely replicate the geometry of the bike and enable them to simulate the suspension travel when riding on rough terrain. The design team then designed a shape to fit the space, with some clever design features which addressed the various problems. A 3d printed prototype was produced for thorough testing and final design adjustments before the highly skilled machining team at Axiom were brought in. They CNC machined the initial prototype tooling using epoxy blocks on one of the in-house 3 axis machines. The team then worked with a vacuum forming specialist to produce the final, 2 piece, innovative mudguard solution, the DualGuard.

Find out more about our design services, rapid prototyping capabilities and CNC machining and tooling expertise.