Ceramic CNC Machining

If you have a drawing or a design, but you need access to precision manufacturing required to fabricate your part, Elimold can help. We can fabricate parts from your designs quickly using our machinable ceramic materials. By combining our precision manufacturing capabilities with our machinable ceramic materials, we can help you prototype designs fulfill specialized, small quantity requirements.

Industrial Ceramic Materials CNC Machining Supplier

Elimold is a high-precision ceramic CNC machining service provider specializing in high-quality, on-demand 4-axis and 5-axis CNC machining of all hard materials. Materials are available in stock and customer-supplied ceramic parts can also be modified. From custom prototypes and R&D to full production manufacturing, Elimold’s expertise in ceramic CNC machining is second to none.
In addition, your specific needs are thoroughly analyzed at the beginning of each project to help you select the right material. We have years of experience to develop material solutions that meet or even exceed your requirements.
We adhere to world standards for excellence, quality and precision and are also industry leaders in advanced material machining. Ceramic materials of all types and hardnesses can be machined to the tightest tolerances with the highest accuracy and repeatability. Advanced surface roughness, finish and flatness can be achieved using advanced 4-5 axis CNC machining and grinding equipment. Precision CMM and 3D surface profile metrology ensure excellent quality and product performance.
Our machining and inspection processes are constantly improved to ensure the highest quality results. We adhere to strict machining standards to provide customers with quality ceramics. Whether it’s a prototype or full production, we’re ready to assist in developing an effective solution. Get started on your ceramic CNC machining project today and get an instant quote!

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Our Capabilities

Our precision CNC machining services for industrial ceramics. Capable of machining parts up to 4 inches thick with tolerances of +/- 0.003 inches. Capabilities include cutting, boring, drilling, knurling, milling, turning, tapping and threading. Design, prototyping and drafting services are also available. From prototypes to low and high volume production.

  • CNC Milling: 3-axis and simultaneous 5-axis
  • CNC Turning: CNC Lathes, 3-axis Lathes and 5-axis Simultaneous Lathes
  • CNC Polishing and CNC Grinding
  • CNC Laser Machining and Selective Laser Induced Etching
  • Micro-sandblasting and tribo-polishing
  • Statistical Data Analysis (SPC) of Measurement Results
  • 24/7 Automated Production
  • CAD/CAM Conversion of 3D CAD Models

Machining Tolerances

Elimold is committed to ensuring that we only produce the highest quality parts that meet or exceed our customers’ specifications. To ensure that all of our products meet this goal, we use Axion high performance CNC CMMs and have full traceability on all parts.

  • Grinding General tolerances of ±.02mm, can achieve ±.01mm with a surface finish of N2/N3
  • Turning general tolerance of ±.03mm, can achieve ±.01mm with a surface finish of N4/N5
  • Milling general tolerance of ±.03, can achieve ±.01 with a surface finish of N4/N5.
  • CNC Milling bed capacity of 1000mm in X and 510mm in Y.
  • CNC Milling spindle speed of 12,000 rpm
  • CNC Milling and turning machines are all equipped with synchronized rigid tapping for perfect internal threads
  • CNC Turning capabilities of 250mm diameter with power tooling
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Ceramic Materials

Ceramics vary in properties and quality. Manufacturers design different types of ceramics for specific applications, and choosing the right one is critical for precision machining. Here are some common ceramic materials used in CNC ceramic material machining:

  • 96% – 99.8% Alumina (Al203)
  • Aluminum Nitride (AlN)
  • Silicon Carbide (SiC)
  • Glass Ceramics
  • Macor
  • Porous Ceramics
  • Ferrites
  • Crystals Exotic
  • Technical Ceramics
  • ULE Glass Ceramic
  • Steatite
  • Silicon Nitride (SiN)
  • Black Ceramic
  • Many other hard materials

Matching processing techniques to your requirements

Elimold provides expert advice to our customers on the right type of material from aluminium oxide to silicon carbide, Macor®, borosilicate glass, soda lime and quartz. Always keeping your application and associated specific requirements in mind. Depending on the requirements and the desired surface roughness an optimum balance of precision CNC and polishing technologies is chosen. For more exact finishes, we rely on precise mechanical machining techniques such as micro-sandblasting, tribofinishing, micro-surface and etching technologies.

Engineered to the tightest tolerances

At Elimold we can meet the highest requirements when it comes to desired tolerances. We consistently measure and collect data during the manufacturing process (Q in process) rather than solely measuring and monitoring quality at the end of production. All of this is done, to ensure World Class Manufacturing processes that can run 24/7. This is crucial for many of the products we manufacture, including end effectors for wafer handling, wafer carriers and electron beam column components.

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What is CNC machining of ceramics?

Ceramic CNC machining is a subtractive manufacturing process in which a machine controlled by computer commands uses a rotating cutting tool to shape a ceramic piece by removing material. It can be used to create precision ceramic parts with complex geometries. The process involves designing the part using CAD software, which is then converted into a machine-readable code.
The main benefit of using CNC machining in ceramic production is the ability to make complex shapes with amazing precision. The precision of the computer-controlled machines ensures consistent and accurate cuts as outlined in the design specifications. In addition, CNC machining is able to produce parts with a smooth surface finish, reducing or eliminating the need for additional polishing or finishing procedures.

Considerations for Designing Ceramics for CNC Machining

When working with ceramics, designers must consider certain factors before beginning the machining process. Prototyping is an essential step in the manufacturing process, especially for ceramic parts with complex designs. By creating a prototype, you can conduct extensive testing and evaluation before moving forward with large-scale production. This stage is essential for refining the design and making adjustments based on the prototype’s performance. Further recommendations for successful ceramic design include:

  1. Employ a modular approach in your design.
  2. Avoid clear sharp and elongated edges.
  3. Favor circular designs over oval shapes.
  4. Be mindful that sharp edges and corners can heighten the likelihood of breakage.
  5. Consider using corner pockets as a viable alternative to sharp corners, especially if avoiding rounded edges.
  6. In designs incorporating holes and slots, ensure they are adequately spaced to avoid crowding.
  7. Opt for simpler wall designs and shapes rather than complex ones.
  8. Avoid abrupt transitions in cross-sectional areas.
  9. Transform tensile stress into compressive stress, enhancing the ceramic material’s capacity to endure stress without cracking.
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Advantage of CNC machining ceramics

  • High precision: CNC machining ceramics can achieve high precision machining accuracy and repeatability, which can meet the requirements of complex parts machining and complex surface machining.
  • High efficiency: with the help of CNC machining, the processing time of complex ceramic parts is greatly shortened, and the production efficiency is improved.
  • Low cost: CNC machining ceramics can greatly reduce the cost of ceramic parts processing, and have good economic benefits.
  • High reliability: CNC machining ceramics can guarantee the machining accuracy of ceramic parts and ensure the consistency of parts.
  • Good surface quality: CNC machining can improve the surface finish of ceramic parts, and make the ceramic parts more smooth and beautiful.

Applications

  • Semiconductor equipment parts
  • Semiconductor inspection parts
  • Laser equipment parts
  • Vacuum equipment parts
  • Thin film deposition equipment parts
  • Linear motor parts
  • Heat-insulating parts
  • Semiconductor equipment parts
  • Semiconductor inspection parts
  • Laser equipment parts
  • Vacuum equipment parts
  • Thin film deposition equipment parts
  • Linear motor parts
  • Heat-insulating parts
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Are you looking for a reliable, quick-turn supplier of CNC Ceramic parts?

If you need fast and reliable help with ceramic machining, the Elimold team is your best choice. With years of experience in custom CNC machining services, we will provide precise quality at a competitive price to meet your project requirements. Working with us guarantees your satisfaction and provides you with professional CNC milling, grinding or polishing services tailored just for you! Contact us today for a quote.