As an extremely versatile material group, stainless steels are popular alloys for machining applications due to their increased strength and high levels of corrosion-resistance. While there are many different stainless steel grades, the most common machined stainless steels include 300 series, 400 series, 13-8, 15-5, and 17-4. Many stainless steel grades are heat-treatable which can optimize the physical properties based on the application.
While some stainless steel grades are easy to machine such as 300 and 400 series stainless steel, other grades can pose problems when machining. Difficult stainless steel grades to machine include 13-8, 15-5, and 17-4. Through years of stainless steel machining experience, Miller CNC has developed efficient methods for machining most stainless steel grades, even in the hardened/heat treated conditions.
When machining difficult-to-machine stainless steel grades, managing the heat transfer between the part, cutter, and chip becomes critical. Proper management allows for a stainless steel machining process that is efficient and reliable. Miller CNC has the processes in place to provide proper machining management via our vast knowledge of cutting tools, toolpath programming and work holding/fixturing methods. Some stainless components we have manufactured include:
Throughout our tenure, we have built longstanding relationships with trusted stainless steel mills and distributors. We purchase a significant amount of stainless steel bar and plate annually for increased cost-effectiveness. Our stainless steel processing capabilities also include machining stainless steel castings and forgings.
Years of stainless steel machining experience has provided Miller CNC with the expertise needed for high-performance stainless steel machined parts. Call us at 619-501-9866 or contact us to start your stainless steel project.
Complex 5 Axis Milled Stainless Housing