These are the steps to getting a part machined
- The part is designed.
- A print, a 3D model, or both are sent to the shop.
- The part is quoted by the shop.
- Once the PO is issued material and the necessary tooling is ordered.
- Based on the model or drawing the G-code (the code that runs the machine) is generated usually using a CAM program.
- The machine is set up. This requires setting the correct offsets, setting up tools and setting up work holding that will hold the stock.
- The part is machined in as many setups as necessary
- The part is post processed. This can include deburring (getting rid of sharp edges and burrs), polishing, plating, anodizing or many other processes.
- Part is delivered.