Machining and Tooling Services
Solaris offers a wide-array of machining and tooling services to fit every project.
Machining is a process by which a piece of raw material (metals, in our case) is cut into a desired final shape and size by a highly controlled metal-removal process. If you want to get really technical with this process, controlled material removal is also known as subtractive manufacturing, as opposed to a process of controlled material addition, which is known as additive manufacturing. The “controlled” part of the process can vary, but it almost always refers to the use of machine tools (in addition to just regular hand-held power tools, for example).
Machining is an essential part of manufacturing, particularly that of metal products, but it can also be used on other materials such as ceramics or plastics, even wood. A machinist is a person who specializes in machining. A machine shop is a building in which machining is performed. Solaris offers this service through its partner, Synergetic Industries. Much of modern-day machining, including at Solaris, is performed by Computer Numerical Control (CNC). CNC utilizes computers to control the operation of mills, lathes, and other machines.
Tooling, also known as machine tooling, is the process of acquiring the manufacturing components and machines needed for production. In other words, the machining process that is described above, requires “tools” or other machines in order to manufacture the tools. These tools commonly include fixtures, jigs, gauges, molds, dies, cutting equipment, etc. Solaris, along with its partner, Synergetic Industries, not only provides machining, but also manufactures the tools (hence our services offering of ‘machining and tooling’) needed in order to perform machining services.
It is extremely important to have the right kind of tooling in place in order for the machining process to be highly accurate, precise and of exceptional quality. Equipment manufacturers rely on such accuracy and high quality and Solaris prides itself on providing such services, 100% made in the USA.
- Over 40 years Tooling experience in development and tool room support
- CAD design experience in CATIA, NX, CREO, Solidworks, and AutoCAD
- Design for Manufacturability (DFM)
- Design/Build of work holding, fixtures, jigs, and clamping tools
- Design/Build of Dies
- Repairs & Modifications
- Tooling Selection, Identification, & Verification
- NC Programming
- Process Planning