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Process: Machining, Multi-Axis

Overview

Multi-Axis Machining is a machining process to create complex shapes and angles.

Common machine tools use three axis (X,Y,Z), while multi-axis machines are able to use more axis when approaching workpieces. 5 or 7 axis are the most common, but other machine tools exist. The additional axis make it possible to machine from more angles and to make complex shapes. Another advantage is that more sides of a workpiece can be machined at once, which saves time.

The aerospace and defence industries source a lot of multi-axis machining, especially for airframes, engine blocks, turbine engines and impellers. Workshops that do multi-axis machining are quite rare, particularly for many axis. It is common that the purchasers require their suppliers to have the AS/EN/JISQ 9100 certification, which is the aerospace industry's standard certification.

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Machining, Multi-Axis projects for quote

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A machined part is required for end use within the water industry. The client - a fastener manufacturer and distributor - spends upwards of £250,000 annually in the subcontract machining sphere. Their current requirement is for the attached restriction block, which is to be made from stainless steel. This item falls outside of the client's in-house capabilities and subsequently, they would like to employ the services of a third party for its production. Ideally, they would like to work alongside a supplier who is able to offer this part on a repeat basis, at a rate of 500 off per annum.

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Suppliers that are able to offer an outstanding level of quality are asked to provide a quotation for an aluminium rod joiner. This work may be ideally suited to those with multi-axis machines. The client would like to identify associated costs and lead times for the production of this part - a new design, for which there is no current supplier in place. Repeat orders of this item will be placed moving forward and the client's annual spend of £450,000 on subcontract machining may mean that further work will be made available, once quality and lead times have been proven.

Machining-Machining, Multi-Axis

Suppliers with multi axis machining capabilities are sought, in order to produce a camera enclosure from aluminium alloy. This enclosure will be used within the defense/military industry. Initially, the client requires 2 off as samples, followed by ongoing production runs of 50 off at a time. The buyer spends £70,000 a year on bespoke machined components, meaning that there will be plenty of other projects with which the chosen supplier could assist moving forward.

Machining-Machining, Multi-Axis

This £500,000 spending company specialises in the manufacture of medical equipment. They currently require the two attached components to be machined from stainless steel and the work itself may be ideally suited to suppliers that have multi-axis capabilities. Delivery is needed within January 2018, for quantities ranging from 4 off to 12 off. These are legacy items, for which there is no current supplier in place.

Machining-Machining, Multi-Axis

A manufacturer of carbon fibre products urgently seeks a supplier who can produce the attached aluminium inserts. These parts will be used in the production of jet-powered sports equipment therefor, the quality of completed work is paramount. These inserts are to be used in a mould tool and as such will be a one off requirement however, this would lead to alternative work for the successful supplier.

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The attached aluminium mast base is currently required by a buyer that operates within the communications industry. The client has an annual spend on subcontract machining that exceeds £500,000 a year and so ongoing work will be made available.

Machining-Machining, Multi-Axis

This is a huge opportunity for machining suppliers that have immediate capacity to fill. The buyer behind this enquiry spends a massive £1.5million annually on bespoke machined parts and has an order to place for the attached component. The client is looking to increase their supplier base, as they have an additional £20,000 worth of work per week to extend to a new vendor. Therefore, this enquiry is not to be missed by those that are looking to add a big-spending name to their long-term customer base.

Machining-Machining, Multi-Axis

The attached corner rail is destined for end use within the medical industry. The client - a multi award-winning design company with a £50,000 annual spend in the subcontract machining market - is looking to increase their supplier base for external production. The part in question is a new design, with potential to become an ongoing requirement. Therefore, the successful supplier wins not only the job in question, but also a new long-term customer.

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The attached component is to be machined from stainless steel and is destined for end use within a furniture application. The client is looking for a prompt response from interested vendors, as they require delivery by the end of the month and would like to allocate the work to a supplier with the necessary capacity and capabilities. The successful supplier may also be asked to lend their services to additional projects moving forward.

Machining-Machining, Multi-Axis

The attached carbon steel ball base is currently required, by a buyer that operates within the communications industry. The client has an annual spend on subcontract machining that exceeds £500,000 a year and so ongoing work will be made available.