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Wire cutting

Electro-erosion cutting

Wire cutting

Wire cutting, also known as electro-discharge machining (EDM), wire EDM, or wire cut, is a precise and sophisticated cutting process used in the field of precision machining. This method utilizes a thin metal wire, typically made of brass or copper, which is electrically charged and moves at high speed to cut through materials.

Our wire cutting service is part of our expertise that sets us apart. By utilizing specialized machines that combine water and electricity, this process allows us to create precise shapes, even with parts measuring up to 16 inches in height. The results achieved through this technique are characterized by their meticulousness and impeccable precision!

Wire cutting

Advantages of wire cutting

  • Exceptional precision: Wire cutting allows for extremely high precision. By using a thin wire and mastering controlled erosion, it is possible to achieve sharp and precise cuts, even for complex shapes and fine details.
  • Material flexibility: Wire cutting can be applied to a wide range of materials, whether they are conductive or non-conductive. Metals such as steel, aluminum, copper, as well as non-metallic materials like plastic, wood, and certain composites, can be successfully cut.
  • No physical contact: Unlike other cutting methods, wire cutting does not involve direct physical contact between the cutting tool and the workpiece. This significantly reduces the risk of damage, wear, or deformation of the workpiece, making it an ideal option for sensitive or delicate materials.
  • Complexity of shapes: Electro-erosion allows for the creation of complex shapes and precise contours with ease. Thanks to the flexibility and fineness of the wire, it is possible to create internal cuts, sharp angles, notches, and other complex geometric features.

Uses of wire cutting in various industries

Wire cutting is utilized in numerous industries for the manufacturing of precise and complex parts. Here are some examples of commonly produced parts by wire cutting in various industries:

  • Aerospace (turbine components, compressor blades, aircraft engine parts)
  • Automotive (injection molds, dies for automotive part production, gearbox components)
  • Medical (surgical instruments, orthopedic implants, molds for medical device manufacturing)
  • Electronics (connectors, pins, injection molds for electronic components)
  • Defense (firearm components, molds for manufacturing military parts)

Wire machines

Brand: Sodick
Model: AQ 537L
Travel in inches: X= 22.44" Y= 14.566" Z= 13¾"
Travel in mm: X= 570mm Y= 370mm Z= 350mm
Maximum load: 1,000 kg - 2,204 lbs
Brand: Sodick
Model: AQ 400L
Travel in inches: X= 15.750" Y= 11.811" Z= 9.842"
Travel in mm: X= 400mm Y= 300mm Z= 250mm
Maximum load: 550 kg - 1,100 lbs
Brand: Fanuc
Model: Alpha 1-C
Travel in inches: X= 20.5" Y= 14.589" Z= 16"
Travel in mm: X= 520mm Y= 370mm Z= 406mm
Maximum load: 680 kg - 1,500 lbs

Questions et réponses

What types of materials can be cut by wire cutting?

Wire cutting is primarily used for cutting conductive materials such as steel, aluminum, brass, copper, and titanium. However, it can also be used to cut non-conductive materials using special techniques such as pre-drilling.

What are the maximum dimensions of parts that can be cut by wire cutting?

With our wire cutting machines, it is possible to precisely cut parts up to 16 inches in height.

What is the precision of wire cutting and what tolerances can be achieved?

Wire cutting offers high precision, allowing for tolerances typically below 0.001 inch (0.025 mm).

How long does it take to cut a part using the wire cutting process?

Simple parts can be cut in a matter of minutes, while more complex parts may require several hours. The required time depends on various factors such as complexity, size and density.