With superb precision and mechanical properties, machining is an excellent method for manufacturing complex tooling, long-lasting parts or high-quality prototypes.
RapidMade offers expert manual and CNC machining services for a wide range of metals and plastics, as well as other materials like wood and composites. Our prototyping services have no order minimums, and we are able to expedite manufacturing for time-sensitive projects.
If your production requires fine details and tight tolerances delivered with top-notch accuracy and industrial strength, machining may be the right technology for you.
5-axis machining on HAAS UMC 1000 with 40”x25”x25” rotary table
5-axis large format machining on Thermwood with 120″x60″x60″ working area
Manual milling, drilling and tapping available
Rapid feed and live tooling
Up to 30″ diameter by 80″ length with 25″ swing
Up to 24″ deep bores with 6″ diameter
Manual turning available
96″ x 48″ x 4″ working area
2D and 3D tool paths
Able to stack milled sections to produce large-scale pieces up to 48” tall
Machining is compatible with an extensive range of materials, from plastic and metal to wood and composites. RapidMade offers multiple grades of steel, stainless steel and aluminum, as well as specialty metals like titanium, inconel and tool steel. Machinable plastics include ABS, acetal, acrylic, urethane, HDPE, UHMW, PEEK and many more.
With so many material options available, machined products can meet just about any mechanical or aesthetic requirements your project may have.
When working with metals, machining is almost always preferable to printed metal. It offers a wider range of materials, better finishing and is generally less than a quarter of the price. It is also an excellent solution for complex tooling like injection molds.
Plastics are a bit more complicated. Machined plastic is typically more expensive, requires longer lead times and has more design limitations than 3D printing, especially compared to the HP Multi Jet Fusion. However, machining works with a larger variety of plastics than 3D printing. If the material you need is not printable, machining is an excellent alternative.
We also offer a variety of specialty machining services, including:
Metal & plastic 3D printing + post machining
Waterjet and laser cutting
Brake forming for presses
Assembly + heat stake inserts
Custom finishing services including: paint, powder coat, anodize and laser engraving
Mechanical engineering and design