Custom Machining Services for Short Runs and Low Volume CNC Machining Projects

Need 50 or 10,000 custom machined parts? We have the capability and experience to provide efficient custom machining services for your low-volume CNC machining projects at the reasonable price.

What is Custom Machining?

Custom machining is short-run or low-volume production to customer-specific specifications and special needs, meeting precise quality, on-time delivery, as well as cost-effectiveness and affordability.

The advantages of CNC machining are particularly well suited to the requirements of low volume production runs of custom parts, including accuracy and repeatability, and flexible processes, as well as a wide range of material options, all of which help bring products to market faster.

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Why You Need Custom Machining?

  • Custom machining is ideal for special order requirements that require lower volume parts, or irregular delivery times and batches.
  • Turn to custom machining when parts with special requirements are not available from stock catalog suppliers.
  •  Custom machining is the reliable choice when high precision, high-quality parts, as well as special machining processes and accurate repeatability are required.
  • Bridge production by custom low-volume CNC machining while you wait for production molds or dies to be made, allows you to get your product to market as early as possible.
  • Custom Low Volume CNC Machining

    Precision, Quality and Affordability at any volume.
    Our team responds quickly to accommodate your needs.

    Choosing the Right Custom Machine Shop

    Finding a custom machine shop that offers “made to order” can be a valuable addition to your supplier system.

    WayKen has advanced machining equipment and flexible production methods, from simple milling or turning parts to complex and precision 5-axis CNC machining, from prototype plastic machining to accurate metal machining, we offer a well-rounded mix of advantages. Our custom machine shop maintains 24/7 operations for optimal efficiency, quality and process control throughout the production process, from programming to machining to finishing.

    Our in-house production capabilities combined with the ability to integrate external manufacturing resources allow us to have a quick turnaround to meet any of your custom machining needs. That’s why we can be competitive for your low-volume CNC machining projects.

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    Our Custom Machining Capabilities

  • WHAT WE DO: Milling, Turning, 5-axis machining, EDM and Wire EDM, Surface Grinding.
  • FINISHING OPTIONS: Type II, Class 1 (clear), and Class 2 (black) anodizing; Type I, Type II, Class 1A and Class 3 chromate plating; Powder Coating; Electroplating; Painting and Printing.
  • MATERIALS: Metal materials include Aluminum 6061 & 7075, steel & Stainless, Bronze & Brass; Plastic materials include ABS, PC, Acrylic, Nylon, Acetal, PEEK, and PEI.
  • INSPECTION: CMMs, 3D Scanner, Full Gaging Equipment, Surface Roughness Tester, Hardness Tester, etc.
  • Friendship Industry – Custom Machining & Modern Robots


    Posted on Dec 30th, 2019 | By Hazel, WayKen Project Manager

    In modern society, every robot comes out from the CAD drawings of Robot designers which tell how it looks and works but can’t come into truth without the help of the machining technologies.

    With CAD drawings, robot designers are able to take the advantages of computer numerical control equipment, commonly known as CNC prototyping, to obtain necessary metal and plastic parts, which can be called as custom machining. If you need reliable custom parts or project services, you can contact us there and we can get back at you.

    As we all know, robots now are widely used in many industries, accordingly, to be sorted in different categories, such as aerospace, consumer, disaster response, drones, education, entertainment, exoskeletons, humanoids, industrial, medical, military & security, research, self-driving cars, telepresence, and underwater, etc… Each robot has its own unique features, and as a whole, robots vary hugely in size, shape, and capabilities. That’s why custom machining plays an important role in developing robots from robot prototyping to robot machining.

    5 Benefits of Custom Machining for Robotic Parts

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    1. Direct and Easy Customization

    As long as CNC engineers get the CAD drawings of robotic parts in a suitable format like a step or igs format, they can write the programming language based on files into the CNC machines, and then the machines will remove material of workpiece in programmed paths to make it same as what in the CAD drawing (Subtractive Manufacturing Technology). Along the machining process, robot designers do not need to get involved and can just put it aside and wait for receiving the real parts they expect.

    2. Highly Accurate Machining

    Accurate machining is the key to robotic parts that ensure its target functions to be well performed. Correspondingly, CNC machines are used to fabricate a workpiece that has a high precision requirement. Generally, it is possible to get an accuracy of up to 0.005 inches / 0.15 mm. For example, WayKen, a prototype machining shop in China, apply DIN-ISO-2768 (medium) for machined plastic and DIN-ISO-2768 (fine) for machined metals, typically holding a machining tolerance from +/-0.005″ (+/-0.125mm) to +/-0.002″ (+/-0.05mm) for linear tolerance. The exact accuracy depends on the robot part that is being worked. It can be found that when multiple pieces are being continually worked, the machined parts will be much more accurate.

    3. Multi Applicable Materials

    CNC machines are able to work plastics, metal, and a number of other materials, which satisfy the requirements on properties and appearance of varied robotic parts. Aluminum and steel are most often used for the arms and bases of the robots to ensure its strength and functionality. Plastics usually are used in the housings or covers of the robots for aesthetic use, and also lower weights. In some cases, for experimental uses, custom machining makes it possible to make the same robotic parts in multiple pieces of different materials.

    4. Time-Saving

    One of the primary benefits of custom machining is that it can save time and money on finding suitable parts on the markets. Although there are indeed some specified parts with lower prices in mass production, it is not easy to find the exact one of the design needs. How much time could it take to locate used parts that may or may not be efficient, or search for parts on sales that are languishing on the shelf of some unknown parts service shops? In some cases, the loss of time can significantly throw off the production schedule. The right custom machine shop can take the parts’ specifications, create the parts as expected, and offer them in a fraction of the time.

    5. Affordability

    The amount the robot designer will spend on custom machining if often much less than they will pay for 3D printing (additive layer manufacturing). Although 3D printing does have its place in many industries, currently, due to technical limitations, it has limited the achievable machining accuracy and applicable materials, especially for metal parts. Usually, the costs of 3D printing depend on the parts’ weight. However, robotic parts use metals quite a lot, if, by 3D printing, the large weights will charge unexpectedly high costs. It is more affordable to have custom parts through custom machining, as well as with better quality.

    Possible Differences among Machining Shops for Custom Robotic Parts

    Usually, when asking for a quote, the robot designers will tell machining shops specifications of custom robotic arms in material, dimensions, finishing, and assembly. By an overall evaluation, the machining shops will offer their machining solutions which may differ from one to another – machining solutions, including feasible machining changes if needed. Besides the profits difference, what will the differences among machining shops?

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    • Machining processes

    3-axis milling, 5-axis milling, turning, grinding, etc… Although the machining process depends on the part structure, one part can be produced in kinds of ways which is a deferred inaccuracy, costs, and machining time. If the machining shop doesn’t have a well understanding of the custom robot, it is possible to offer a high quote with an unnecessary machining process or offer a lower quote that takes long lead time.

    • Finishing processes

    Machined finish only, sand-polishing, mirror polishing, anodization, painting, sandblasting, coating, etc… Except for standard colors, the designer will not have a specified finishing degree usually. If without second checking, take sand-polishing, if only “polish” is required, some machining shops possibly quote by 180# grits sand-polishing, some quotes by 800#, some even quote by 2000# grits…, resulting in different offers.

    • Exclusive machining

    Common custom robotic parts made at machining include gears, bushings, chassis, brackets, arms, and motor mounts… Each may have different focusing features. For example, robotic gears are mechanical parts with cut teeth designed to mesh with teeth on another part so as to transmit or receive force and motion. Although the common CNC machining is able to make qualified gears, to ensure high teeth tolerance, it needs fine machining on a milling machine, resulting in high costs and more time. There is an exclusive machining process called teeth shaping, which is special on gear machining to satisfy different gear specifications easily.

    Brief Conclusions

    Robots have been developing on a high-speed road, gradually spreading in every corner of life. However, without custom machining, robot designers can only be limited in the first step. Supported by suitable machining technologies, robot industries will go far away in the future. Let machining shops give you a hand!

    For more information about Robot machining robots and custom machining solutions, you can request a quote there.

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