This is a quote another manager said to me the other day before I got this email; “Every supplier I’ve worked with has resulted in some problematic issue or there is a frustrating aspect to their business! [Long pause] Oh, except for Xact. Their amazing! Every interaction I’ve had with them is great! They really are amazing”
If you want to quote me, I would say the following. “I have over 200 supplier contacts in my contact list. Without exaggeration, Xact is the only company in that list that I recommend without hesitation and with no disclaimer. In the wire EDM business they are without rival. In customer service, quality, and on-time delivery, they are as good as anyone can be.”
You guys are awesome!
Principal R&D Engineer - Ceterix Orthopaedics
Wire EDM is a method to cut conductive materials with a thin electrode that follows a programmed path. The electrode is a thin wire. Typical diameters range from .004" - .012" (.10mm - .30mm) although smaller and larger diameters are available. The hardness of the work piece material has no detrimental effect on the cutting speed. There is no physical contact between the wire and the part being machined. Rather, the wire is charged to a voltage very rapidly. This wire is surrounded by deionized water. When the voltage reaches the correct level, a spark jumps the gap and melts a small portion of the work piece. The deionized water cools and flushes away the small particles from the gap.
The CNC machine can independently move four machines axes to generate taper cuts. A stamping die can be machined with 1/4 degree taper or a mold with one degree taper in some areas and two degrees in another with precision. Extrusion dies can be cut with the taper constantly changing. For example, a detailed shape on the top of the work piece can transition to a simple circle on the bottom.
Wire EDM can be accurate to +/-.0001". Virtually no burrs are generated. Since no cutting forces are present, wire EDM is ideal for delicate parts. No tooling is required so delivery times are short. Pieces up to 16" thick can be machined. Tools and parts are machined after heat treatment, so dimensional accuracy is held and not affected by heat treat distortion.
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