Falcon MFG Co., Ltd.

Aluminum Precision Machining Services

Aluminum is a popular material for Swiss machining due to its excellent strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, and versatility. At Falcon, we utilize Swiss type lathes to achieve incredibly precise tolerances and complex shapes. Our aluminum machining services are highly efficient and cost-effective thanks to the use of advanced equipment and the help of an experienced engineer team.

When producing Swiss machined aluminum parts, it is important to choose the right alloy for the specific application, as different aluminum alloys have different properties and characteristics.

Aluminum Machined Products And Parts

Benefits of Swiss Machining Aluminum Parts

Aluminum has a variety of properties and characteristics that make it ideally suited for Swiss machining. The following are some of the biggest advantages of working with this material.

1. Lightweight: Aluminum is a lightweight material, making it ideal for weight reduction is important. Using aluminum in Swiss turning allows for the production of lightweight components in industries such as aerospace, and automotive, improving fuel efficiency and performance.

2. High Machinability: Aluminum has low cutting forces, which result in reduced tool wear and longer tool life. Swiss machining, with its precise control over cutting operations and optimized tool geometries, can efficiently and effectively machine aluminum parts, saving time and cost in the manufacturing process

3. Good Thermal Conductivity: Aluminum has excellent thermal conductivity, which means it can effectively dissipate heat. In applications where heat management is critical, such as heat sinks or electronic enclosures, using aluminum in Swiss machining ensures efficient heat transfer and helps maintain optimal operating temperatures.

4. Corrosion Resistance: Aluminum naturally forms a protective oxide layer on Swiss machined parts' surface, providing inherent corrosion resistance. Swiss machined aluminum parts can withstand corrosion, extending the longevity and reliability of the components

5. Electrical Conductivity: Aluminum exhibits good electrical conductivity, making it suitable for electrical and electronic applications. Swiss machined aluminum parts can be utilized in connectors, terminals, and other components where efficient electrical conductivity is required.

6. Cost-effective: Aluminum is a cost-effective material compared to other metals. It is abundant, readily available, and has a lower material cost. The combination of aluminum's affordability and Swiss machining's efficiency makes it an economical choice for various industries.

Anodized Aluminum Part

What Grade of Aluminum is Best for Machining?

Aluminum offers several benefits in Swiss machining, it allows for efficient production of intricate screw machine components, reduces tool wear, improves precision, and enables cost-effective manufacturing due to its favorable material characteristics. Here are a few aluminum grades commonly used for Swiss machining:

  • Aluminum 6061

  • Aluminum 7075

  • Aluminum 6060

  • Aluminum 6082

  • Aluminum 5052

  • Aluminum 2011

  • Aluminum 2024

  • Aluminum 6063

  • Aluminum 5083

  • Aluminum 5086

The choice of grade depends on factors such as the specific application, required mechanical properties, machinability, and cost considerations. It's always important to consult with experts to determine the most suitable aluminum grade for your specific Swiss machining project. Contact us to select the grade that aligns with specific requirements and maximizes machining performance.

Custom CNC Machined Aluminum Parts

Typical Aluminum Machined Products & Parts

Swiss machining for aluminum materials offers exceptional precision and versatility, making it suitable for many industries and applications. Here are some typical aluminum Swiss machined products and parts:

  • Aerospace Components: bushings, fittings, brackets, and fasteners

  • Medical Devices: surgical instruments, implantable devices, orthopedic implants, and diagnostic equipment components

  • Automotive Parts:  fuel system components, sensor housings, connectors, and brackets.

  • Optics and Photonics Components: lens holders, mounts, reflectors, and light-guiding elements

  • Consumer Electronics: aluminum enclosures, small mechanical parts, hinges, knobs, and connectors

  • Industrial Equipment: gears, screws, fittings, couplings, valves, and manifolds

Surface Treatments of Swiss Machined Aluminum Parts

Surface treatments play a crucial role in enhancing the performance, aesthetics, and durability of Swiss machined aluminum parts. They provide various benefits such as corrosion resistance, improved wear resistance, and enhanced adhesion for coatings, and decorative finishes. Here are some common surface treatments used for Swiss machined aluminum parts:

Anodizing: Anodizing is a widely used surface treatment for aluminum parts. It involves creating a controlled oxide layer on the surface through an electrochemical process. Anodizing provides corrosion resistance, increased hardness, and improved dye adhesion for coloring. It also offers a range of finishes, including clear, colored, or hard coat anodizing.

Passivation: Passivation is a chemical process that removes free iron from the surface of aluminum parts. It enhances corrosion resistance by creating a protective oxide layer. Passivation is particularly useful for aluminum alloys that contain iron as an impurity. It can be combined with other surface treatments for optimal results.

Painting and Powder Coating: Painting and powder coating are commonly used surface treatments for aluminum parts when color and aesthetics are important. Both processes involve applying a protective layer of paint or powdered pigment onto the surface, which is then cured to form a durable coating. They provide corrosion resistance, impact resistance, and a wide range of color options.

Besides the above surface treatment methods, there are more surface treatments for machined aluminum parts, including chromate conversion coating, polishing, Teflon coating, plating, etc. The selection of the appropriate surface treatment for Swiss machined aluminum parts depends on factors such as the intended application, environmental conditions, desired appearance, and functional requirements of the parts. It is essential to consider these factors along with cost, performance, and industry-specific regulations when choosing the most suitable surface treatment.