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Aluminum Machined and Anodized Prototype

Project Overview:

Manufacturing Process: CNC Machining
Material: Aluminum 6061-T6
Part Dimensions: 390.00 × 213.00 × 130.00 mm
Surface Finishing: Sanding, Threading, Anodizing Blue
Quantity and Lead Time: 1 Unit, 7 Days

Customer was an Australia company offering professional service and engineered solutions for fluid systems. This prototype was made to test liquid pressure and fitting before low volume production. Since big dimensions, shape stability and milling tolerance were key points.
CNC aluminum machiningCNC machining usually started from coarse milling by big cutting tools to fast remove unwanted material, to fine milling by gradually smaller tools.
CNC milling aluminum prototype 2For 3 axis CNC milling, workpiece was rotated manually and repositioned accurately to mill the part side by side, tolerance around ± 0.1mm.
CNC milling aluminum prototype 4Fixtures and Jigs were usually applied to assit milling for high efficiency and tolerance. One deep hole was bored as it was out of milling capability.
CNC aluminum mechanism prototypeThe CNC Machined Prototype prior to Surface Finishing. All cutting lines and burrs on milled surface were removed by sanding and beadblasting.
aluminum anodizing prototypeThe Final Finishing of Aluminum Anodizing. The anodized film provided aesthetic feeling as well as corrosion & abrasion resistance to the part.
Aluminum Milled and Anodized PrototypeGenerally, 6061/6063 and 5052 were the common and preferred series of aluminum material to get the quality anodizing finishing.