Grinding is one of the oldest and most precise of the conventional machining services. However, it’s also considered the most “craftsman-like” of all the processes, requiring highly skilled operators with many years of experience. Because RS Precision’s roots are in the Tool and Die industry, we have extensive experience in form and surface grinding. We’ve successfully transitioned grinding to the 21st century by incorporating CNC surface grinding machines that are capable of dressing complex forms on the grinding wheels, and executing complex sequences of operations using those wheels on precision parts, for fixtures and tooling, and for sinker EDM electrodes. Thus, our CNC Grinding services create a special synergy with our other specialized machining capabilities that is greater than the sum of the parts.
Typical grinding applications include very tight tolerance sinker EDM electrodes produced quickly and cost-effectively, and finishing very tight tolerance features and relationships on complex, precision-machined parts with critical surface finish and geometric form tolerances.
This also includes specialized, small cylindrical grinding operations with very tight tolerances, very fine surface finish requirements, and complex shapes and forms that are difficult to produce on conventional cylindrical grinders, even if they too are CNC.
It is unusual for a typical machine shop to have more than one or two surface grinders, used mainly for squaring up blanks or fixture components, or possibly to make or sharpen special cutting tools. At RS Precision, we have over 10 surface grinders, including three CNC surface grinders. When combined with our extensive CNC Sinker and Wire EDM capabilities, and also our CNC Milling and Turning capabilities, they create a unique facility for producing your complex parts the best they can be.