Tips of the Trade
Axis Fabrication aims to provide inside tips and information regarding the numerous questions clients have when designing a custom part through technical articles that are published every Tuesday.
If you’ve ever used Axis Fabrication, or any machine shop, to make your custom part, you may have wondered how we determined the price. Customers receive quotes that express the cost per part and the total cost.
Who is James Lewis? James Lewis graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Tennessee in the early 90s. His shop experience enables him to handle the day-to-day operations as well as plan for Axis’ future. He has been with the...
We understand our capabilities and business model are not always the best fit. To help you find the assistance you need, we have created a list of other sheet metal fabricators in the Knoxville, TN area.
What is distortion? Weld shrinkage plagues experienced and amateur welders alike. Shrinkage causes distortion of the weldment. Warping of the base plate is caused by heat from the welding arc. Distortion results from the expansion and contraction of the...
Milling is the machining process of using rotary cutters to remove material from a workpiece by feeding the cutter into the workpiece. Milling machines are a commonly used tool in the manufacturing process. There are two main types of milling, vertical and horizontal.
While lasers dominate today’s fabrication world, punching machines still play an important role. In July 2018, Axis upgraded our punching capability by adding a Trumpf TruPunch 5000, the fastest punching machine in the world.
Sheet metal fabricators have the choice of either fiber laser cutters or CO2 laser cutters. This article describes the basics of how the two lasers work, their advantages, and their disadvantages.
Fabricating Technology In the sheet metal fabrication industry, there are two main technologies used: punch presses and laser cutters. Our customers frequently ask us which is the preferred method between the two. The answer, of course, varies from...
One of the questions we receive most frequently is how part tolerance will affect the price. This article breaks down the relationship between tolerance and price of a part.