machining feeds and speeds

How Feeds and Speeds Impact Cost and Lead Time in CNC Machining

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You’re probably used to receiving feedback from machine shops on things like surface finishes, tolerances, and proportions of features. But do you ever wonder why your shop can’t deliver on your exact specifications without increasing the cost and lead time of your part? If you’re happy to remain in the dark, read no further. But […]

Exotic Materials

Why Wagner Machine Is Your Go-To Shop for Exotic Materials

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How many times has a machine shop no quoted you for a project requiring materials that are difficult to machine? Even one time is too many as far as we’re concerned! We get it. Not every machine shop has the right people, processes, and technology to confidently machine exotic materials. But we’re not just any […]

What It Means to Be an ITAR Registered Machine Shop

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When you specialize in making parts that other shops consider too complicated, every project is exciting! But some of the coolest RFQs we receive are for ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) parts. What machine shop doesn’t want to build parts that could end up on the Moon or Mars? Wagner Machine has the manufacturing […]

When Machine Shops Ask Questions About Your Quote, the Customer Benefits

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5 Reasons Machine Shops Ask Questions About Your Quote   When you submit a quote to a machine shop and they respond with follow-up questions, it signals that you’re working with a shop committed to quality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.   Machine shops understand that busy customers are often in search of a quick quote. We respect […]

Use Water Jet Cutting Services for Your Next Part

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Do you need a flat part manufacturing process that can handle a wide range of materials at varying thicknesses with a fast turnaround time? Do your flat parts require secondary processes such as tapped holes, countersunk holes, or custom hardware?  Water jet cutting has many advantages over torch, plasma, or laser cutting. While abrasive water […]

Why a Machine Shop No-Quotes — and How to Find One That Won’t

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Have you ever had this experience? You submit a request for quote (RFQ) to a machine shop, only to hear back that the volume is too low, the part is too small, or the job is too complicated. That is, of course, if you even receive a response at all. Sound familiar? The dreaded no-quote […]

The Job Shop Show – Kurt Wagner of Wagner Machine

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Kurt Wagner, second-generation owner of Wagner Machine Company in Champaign, Illinois joins Jay Jacobs on The Job Shop Show.   Wagner Machine is a precision machine shop with all sorts of capabilities and Kurt has an innovative mind that doesn’t like to say no!

Wagner Machine and Acieta Industrial Automation

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A little over a year ago we purchased a second robot to automate one of our Hurco 5-axis mills. After the pain and difficulty of trying to piece together and program our original robot cell we decided to look at what was available for an out-of-the-box solution. We needed something that would be quick to […]