Time is money, employing a local North County machine shop can save you thousands in material, shipping, and manufacturing costs. Not all machine shop services are the same. When exploring options for a prototypes to production manufacturing facility, looking close to home can add revenue to your bottom line. Here are a few reasons to “shop local” for San Diego County machine shop services. We work with all industries including commercial, industrial, and residential to service all types of manufacturing needs. Many time-sensitive welding projects or emergencies occur after hours. That’s why we work late hours, odd hours…essentially we are on-call for you.
We offer skilled expertise in several areas:
From concept to completion, Custom Tube Works has the expertise to handle it all!
Don’t let your ideas and plans get scrapped due to your lack of Engineering and Design abilities! Instead, contact Custom Tube Works, we’re always happy to help with any Engineering or Design aspect of your project, and we have the experience, facilities and tools to back us up!
What We Use:
We use SolidWorks to generate tool paths to ensure the part we machine replicates the same part we modeled. CAMWorks Tool path simulation compares “as designed” parts to “as machined” parts, using the same SolidWorks geometry. The part model to tool path in CAMWorks improves machining productivity, reducing manufacturing costs of time-consuming rework due to design changes. We use CAMWorks at JW Machine for CNC programming providing intelligent machining in our automated system.
Our engineering team provides convenient reverse engineering services. When OEM parts are discontinued or no longer available, we are able to replicate old parts to produce an identical custom manufactured replacement. Our engineering tools provide solutions equipping us to be a valuable part of your team.
Do you have an innovative idea but are unsure of where start? Thousands of Americans become independently wealthy each year because of “ideas.” However, most entrepreneurs are not mechanical engineers, CAD design experts, CNC machining center specialists, or professional machining center operators.
Custom Tube Works can take a concept sketched on a scrap of paper and make it come to fruition! This article we will focus on the first step: CAD design services.
The CNC Machining Facility
First and foremost, we have on-site engineering and CAD design services. This eliminates most of the issues with cross platform conflicts between the CAD design and the CNC machining center used to produce your concept. Choosing a shop like CTW, with CAD design engineers is a must.
The CNC Machining Experts
Streamlining the process must include the right people. We area a complete CNC shop with the expertise in concept to prototypes to production manufacturing. Any problems which arise in the CNC machining center programing can be handled on the spot. No waiting for the CAD design engineer to contact the CNC shop, resolve the issue and upload a new program. It’s all done in-house!
Milling is the machining process of using rotary cutters to remove material from a workpiece by advancing (or feeding) in a direction at an angle with the axis of the tool. It covers a wide variety of different operations and machines, on scales from small individual parts to large, heavy-duty gang milling operations . It is one of the most commonly used processes in industry and machine shops today for machining parks to precise sizes and shapes.
CNC Machining Manufacturing Process
Custom Tube Works has figured out better ways to do your CNC Machining Process. By simplifying the process into a few steps and maintaining a steady stream of communication with you, the customer, we make it easy for you to move from concept to finished part as smoothly as possible.
All it takes is a drawing. Send us your drawing (2D or 3D drawings) and we’ll have a quote to you within 24 hours. No 3D drawing? No problem. Our engineers can work with you closely from original 2D drawing to final 3D drawing created for your approval.
Our engineer team will be checking out the projects construction in the early stages, and will quote you for approval, then you will place an order with us, and your order will be added punt into our production machining lines.
Our production team will keep your delivery time shorter and keep production photos up to date. Meanwhile our quality inspectors check the parts and provide production grade and testing reports.
We provide waterjet cutting for many custom landscape project elements such as waterfall features, lettering, walkway inlays, fence and gate details, and decorative art pieces. Because of its speed and accuracy, our clients have been able to create intricate designs that are much lower cost than what they previously experienced. We can cut virtually any material including glass, metal, and stone which are not readily done by conventional means.
Abrasive waterjet cutting is an excellent method for cutting all types of glass because it leaves a smooth sandblasted surface finish ready for polishing or can be used as is. Waterjet is ideal for cutting intricate designs from annealed glass quickly and economically in thicknesses from 1/8 up to 3 inches. To go from a digital file or hand sketch to a cut element is an easy process and with waterjet machining you can create curved shapes not easily achieved by conventional cutting methods. We have cut custom wall dividers, shower panels, door windows, table tops, art glass (slumped), mirrors, trophy designs and memorials. With your imagination, the possibilities are limitless.
This technology is great for cutting decorative structural beam saddles, staircase balusters, wall panels, waterfall features, lettering, floor inlays, ac/heat vent grilles, skylight grilles, custom fence and gate details, and even custom carpet logos.
Waterjet cutting is so versatile that you are only limited by your imagination. We have helped our clients create customized, one of a kind design elements quickly and more economically than what they previously experienced.
Abrasive waterjet machining is used extensively in the signage industry. The flexibility and precision of our process makes it simple to bring to life any custom design, logo or lettering from metal, stone, and glass in addition to plastic and standard signboard (expanded PVC and foam board). Waterjet cutting is a superior method to flatbed routers for cutting intricate design details and can be used on a wider range of materials.
If your project requires high-definition CNC plasma cutting of sheet metal or heavy plate metal CTW can help.
Our CNC plasma cutter can cut stainless steel, carbon steel, mild steel and aluminum up to 1/2″ thick with outstanding accuracy and efficiency.
There are three basic types of bending on a press brake, each is defined by the relationship of the end tool position to the thickness of the material. These three are Air Bending, Bottoming and Coining. The configuration of the tools for these three types of bending are nearly identical. A die with a long rail form tool with a radiused tip that locates the inside profile of the bend is called a punch. Punches are usually attached to the ram of the machine by clamps and move to produce the bending force. A die with a long rail form tool that has concave or V shaped lengthwise channel that locate the outside profile of the form is called a die. Dies are usually stationary and located under the material on the bed of the machine. Note that some locations do not differentiate between the two different kinds of dies (punches and dies.) The other types of bending listed use specially designed tools or machines to perform the work.