Wire EDM & Sinker EDM Machining Services From JC Machining

Electric discharge machining (EDM) enables high precision machining of hard metals and intricate shapes by Wire EDM & Sinker EDM machining processes

Electric Discharge Machining (EDM)

All Electric Discharge Machining (EDM) uses electrical sparks between the electrode and a workpiece submerged in a dielectric fluid for precise erosion of conductive materials. This is very different to conventional CNC machining or grinding, and offers special capabilities because of its non-contact cutting method. EDM is especially well suited to machining complex 3D shapes in very hard materials.

We offer the two main types of electrical discharge machining services. These are Sinker EDM machining (also known as Conventional EDM), which uses a mobile electrode to generate the spark, and Wire EDM, which uses a moving copper wire as the electrode. Wire EDM is capable of making extremely fine cuts, and using our Seibu M50B machine we offer very high precision tolerances up to 2µm (0.0001″).

Sinker EDM Machining Services

Our three CNC sinker EDM machines offer state of the art CNC machining of intricate and complex shapes without clamping or contact induced stresses and deformation of the workpiece. The ability to machine any electrically conductive material by a contactless process enables extremely accurate CNC machining of almost any shape, even in hardened tool steels, and specialist materials including hastelloy, titanium, kovar or inconel.

The precision rotor shown above is an example of the standard as-machined finish we can achieve in SKD11 tool steel using Sinker EDM. This type of complex part would be difficult or impossible to machine successfully using conventional CNC machining processes.

Wire EDM Services

We are industry leaders in CNC wire EDM services. The stamping die above is an example manufactured  in SKD11 Tool Steel using wire EDM. Our seven wire EDM machines include ultra-precise wire EDM machines by Seibu Japan, the inventors of CNC wire EDM and global leaders in wire EDM machine design. Our capacity for manufacturing components by wire EDM is complemented by our extensive and versatile range of Taiwanese CHMER wire EDM machines

For complex components like the sprue bush shown here, which we manufactured from SKD61 hot work tool steel, the production process included Wire EDM cutting as well as CNC turning and center grinding. As part of our global CNC machining and CNC grinding services, we are able to perform centerless & surface grinding as well as tungsten carbide grinding in-house to manufacture multi-process components with total control of quality standards to ensure a uniformly excellent finished product.

10 examples of how EDM is used for precision machining

Wire EDM and Sink EDM are the perfect choice for the following 10 examples of precision machining applications. This is because the special features of EDM can be used to create blind holes with complex shapes in hard materials, and to cut intricate, complex and irregular parts from small, fragile and brittle workpieces that cannot be easily turned or clamped.

  1. Precision stamping tools, forging, stamping & coin dies in very hard materials
  2. Highly detailed injection molds including finely textured surfaces
  3. Complex and intricate metal casting molds
  4. Machining of very hard tooling and components including blanking punches
  5. Precision, lightweight aerospace components including turbine blades
  6. Surgical tools, dental instruments and other precise medical components & devices
  7. Accurate and robust prototypes for pre-production testing
  8. Hardened, high pressure extrusion dies
  9. Micro-mechanical and micro-electromechanical system components
  10. Specialized cutting tools, arbors, tool holders and fixtures

What are the 6 special features of Electric Discharge Machining (EDM)?

There are 6 features of Electric Discharge Machining (EDM) that offer advantages over conventional machining for a range of complex machining applications, especially for high precision cutting of very hard or fragile materials.

1.EDM can be used to manufacture complex profiles and shapes

Complex profiles can be manufactured using EDM that may not be possible with other machining processes. CNC EDM machining offers extreme flexibility in programming the cutting of shapes and patterns that are impractical or challenging using conventional cutting tools.

2.Cut hard & hardened materials with very high precision sink or wire EDM

You can cut extremely hard and hardened materials very precisely and much more easily with sink or wire EDM than by using conventional machining techniques. This is especially true of thin section or small diameter components made of hard materials that could be distorted by excessive cutting tool pressure in conventional machining.

3.Use EDM to machine fragile, brittle or very small components without risk of breakage

Low holding and cutting forces in EDM machining eliminate distortion of the workpiece caused by clamping, pressure from cutting tools, and tool wear. There is no direct contact between the tool and the workpiece. This eliminates mechanically induced stress, and enables machining of fragile and brittle materials without risk of breakage. It also means you can machine extremely small, delicate and thin parts that cannot be conventionally clamped or machined without damage.

4.Burr-free EDM cutting for very fine finishes

We can achieve very accurate process tolerances of 2µm (+/- 0.0001″) with EDM that are much harder to achieve with conventional machining tools. EDM also produces parts that are burr-free, and wire EDM can machine extremely fine cuts with very little kerf. EDM can also be used to machine very fine finishes, usually by following a first cut with a finer pass using a higher flushing rate to clear the smallest particles of erosion debris.

5. Cut deep, narrow, high aspect ratio slots and holes in thick materials with EDM

It is possible to machine to a very small corner radius, and to cut very narrow, deep slots with EDM. You can also machine thicker workpieces much more easily using EDM than other CNC or manual machining processes. Drilling with EDM enables the cutting of deep, high aspect ratio, straight or tapered holes that may be impossible to achieve using conventional drills. Internal corners and contours can be machined to R .001″ or better.

6.Low heat transfer from EDM machining safeguards workpiece material properties

The heat generated by EDM is localized to the point being cut with very limited transmission to the rest of the workpiece. This minimizes the heat-affected zone (HAZ) and avoids undesired heating effects that change the material properties of the workpiece, which may be unavoidable in conventional CNC machining.

Guaranteed EDM precision from JC Machining

JC Machining achieves high precision 2µm (0.0001″) EDM tolerances with excellent quality control that is integrated into our ISO 9001:2015 certified processes. Our highly skilled staff demonstrate their experience with our cutting-edge machinery in supplying EDM components and products to mold manufacturers, die makers, and global high performance parts industries.

EDM quality control from JC Machining

  • ISO 9001:2015 certified
  • Zero-Defect Shipments
  • Manual & Automatic Quality Control
  • 3D CMM Coordinate Measuring Machine

Contact us to discover how we can satisfy your requirements for precise, rapid EDM with responsive customer service and technical advice. Our comprehensive range of EDM equipment supported by skilled operators enables us to respond to any scale of work, from prototyping to production manufacturing.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Parts machined will follow ISO 2768-m (medium) or ISO 2768-f (fine).
  • We guarantee on following ISO 2768 standards for all CNC machined parts and other components  that do not include specific tolerance requirements.
  • For even tighter tolerances on shafts, we offer custom quotes as a free service.

In our current facilities, we have:

  • 6 CNC milling machines
  • 12 CNC lathe machines
  • 15 High-variant grinding machines
  • 46 Grinding machines
  • 11 Types of Wire-EDM Sandblaster
  • Knurling Machine

Other advanced manufacturing equipment.

There is no MOQ. We offer solutions such as one-off rapid prototypes, custom low-volume CNC machining, and mass production with short lead times.

Even though our in-house machines can machine larger parts, we recommend these sizes:

  • Maximum Turning Diameter: 250 mm
  • Maximum Turning Length: 300 mm
  • Maximum Grinding Diameter: 250 mm
  • Maximum Grinding Length: 400 mm
  • Maximum EDM Length Hole: 50mm
  • Maximum EDM Length: 250mm
  • Maximum Wire-EDM Thru hole Height: 100mm
  • Maximum Wire-EDM Length & Width Capacity: 300*500mm

Lead times will vary depending on your project complexity and our capacity:

For larger projects, in general, you can expect shipment 2-3 weeks after sending in your confirmed order.

With rapid one-off CNC prototypes, global delivery can be within 10 days.

Our sales office operates from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm local time (GMT+8)

Our factory operates 24/7 Monday to Sunday.

As Machined, Polishing, Sand Blasted, Black Oxide, TiN, TiCN, TiALN, AlCrN, DLC and Chrome Plated.

We offer free ground shipping limited to customers in Taiwan and China. For other locations, our sales and fulfillment team will work with the carriers of your choice.

We understand that your 3D data and designs are invaluable to your business. Therefore, we take the protection of your intellectual property rights (IPR) very seriously. We encrypt all files that are transferred using SSL, ensuring that they can’t be intercepted while being uploaded to our servers.All the information and any files which you upload onto our platform are stored securely, and only ever shared within our organization with those employees who need access to it in order to manufacture your parts.

We ensure confidentiality across the entirety of your order; original drawings are not shared with 3rd party suppliers as all our production is done in-house.If you would like some additional reassurance, we can sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

JC Machining has a CNC manufacturing team of professional engineers and machinists to reduce manufacturing redundancy, optimize CNC programming, shorten machining time, improve surface finish, and deliver the best quality machined parts.We take each project personally and carefully examine each drawing, we can then enhance the 2D/3D designs by adding clarity and detailed information and further analyze your design to accommodate any special fixturing and machining strategies used to produce your parts at a very reasonable cost.

Our manufacturing team follows strict quality control standards, delivering 100% accuracy at strict tolerances. You can also call or email us at any time, and we’ll help with ordering parts, design feedback, material recommendations, and answer any questions.