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Aluminum CNC Machining

Fathom offers aluminum CNC machining of high-quality metal parts to its customers. Fathom can manufacture parts with good detail using the most up-to-date CNC technology. Our team has tackled thousands of CNC machined projects and is ready to work on your design today.

What is Aluminum CNC Machining? / /

CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining is a manufacturing technology wherein pre-programmed software guides the movement of factory tools and machinery. CNC technology controls mills, routers, grinders, lathes and more. CNC machining facilitates three-dimensional cutting tasks using a single set of prompts. The automated nature of the CNC process eliminates the need for a live operator. CNC machining allows for the manufacturing of solid materials, including metals such as aluminum.

What are the Benefits of Aluminum in CNC Machining? / /

Aluminum is a popular choice for CNC machining for multiple reasons. Aluminum is easy to machine and can be cut effectively, chipped and shaped. Due to its high machinability, it can be machined faster than other metals. Aluminum has an oxidized outer layer that offers corrosion resistance. A strong material, aluminum is suitable for parts for various industries, including aerospace, automotive, healthcare, electronics, etc. Aluminum has a high strength-to-weight ratio, and its light weight makes it perfect for aircraft and automotive pieces. Aluminum is receptive to finishing processes, including anodization and painting. Lastly, aluminum is recyclable, which helps minimize waste during manufacturing as any excess material can be repurposed.

What Types of Aluminum is Used in CNC Machining? / /

Fathom offers many different types of aluminum for CNC machining, including:

Aluminum 6061-T6:

  • 6061-T6 is a popular material that has a large variety of uses. Aluminum 6061-T6 has excellent machinability, can be heat-treated and has a great strength to weight ratio. Computer parts, automotive parts, bicycle frames and more are made from aluminum 6061-T6.

Aluminum 7075-T6:

  • 7075-T6 is used for projects that require high-stress and high-performance parts. Aluminum 7075-T6 has a great strength-to-weight ratio and hardness but is less corrosion-resistant than other aluminum. Military parts, missile parts, sporting goods and more are made from aluminum 7075-T6.

Aluminum 6060:

  • 6060 is a versatile material. Aluminum 6060 has medium strength, good corrosion resistance, weldability, and formability. Common applications of aluminum 6060 include architectural parts, ladders, rails, fences, electronic modules, machinery, parts for trucks, irrigation, pipes, furniture and more.

Aluminum 6082:

  • 6082 can be used for many applications. Aluminum 6082 offers excellent strength and corrosion resistance. Aluminum 6082 is common in the construction industry.

Aluminum 5083:

  • 5083 is popular for parts exposed to extreme environments. Aluminum 5083 offers excellent strength, chemical, corrosion, and heat resistance. Ships, rail cars, pressure vessels, and vehicles use aluminum 5083.

Aluminum 6063:

  • 6063 is used for architectural applications. Aluminum 6063 offers a good surface finish and excellent corrosion resistance and can be easily welded and anodized. Common applications of aluminum 6063 include window frames, doors, irrigation and extrusions.

Aluminum 5052:

  • The strength of 5052 can be enhanced by cold working. Aluminum 5052 offers weldability, corrosion resistance and medium to high strength. Applications of aluminum 5052 include fuel tanks, utensils, fan blades, etc.

Aluminum 2024:

  • 2024 is commonly used in aerospace applications. Aluminum 2024 offers fatigue resistance, fracture toughness, and moderate to high strength. Aircraft and automotive parts are often made from aluminum 2024.

Aluminum 7050:

  • 7050 should not be welded. Aluminum 7050 offers toughness, good mechanical strength, and good corrosion resistance. Parts for aircraft are made using aluminum 7050.

Aluminum MIC6:

  • MIC6 is made using alloys and a casting method, resulting in a cast plate with desirable properties. Aluminum MIC6 is smooth, lightweight, has excellent tolerance and machinability, and is free from contaminants. Electronics, machining parts, and laser technology is made from aluminum MIC6.

Aluminum 2017:

  • 2017 is a versatile raw material. Aluminum 2017 provides ductility, machinability, corrosion resistance, and great strength. Rivets, fasteners, pulleys, knitting needles, and aerospace parts are all made using aluminum 2017.

Aluminum 2014:

  • 2014 is used for applications requiring high strength. Aluminum 2014 can be heat treated and offers good machinability. Aerospace and defense parts are made using aluminum 2014.

CNC Machining Services Offered by Fathom / /

Work with Fathom on your next CNC machining job. Fathom offers many CNC services, including CNC 3 & 5 AXIS, CNC milling and turning, sinker EDM, wire EDM, Swiss machining and more. As part of our comprehensive services, we also offer finishing and post-processing. CNC machining is just one of 28 manufacturing services.

Additive Manufacturing

  • FDM
  • SLS
  • SLA
  • Polyjet
  • MJF
  • DMLS
  • DLS
  • STEP (Evolve)

CNC Machining

  • CNC (3 & 5 Axis)
  • CNC Lathe
  • Precision Grinding
  • Wire & Sinker EDM

Injection Molding

  • Injection Molding
  • Tooling
  • Compression Molding

Metal Cutting and Forming

  • Thermoforming
  • Sheet Metal Punching
  • Sheet Metal Cutting
  • Metal Forming
  • Laser Cutting
  • Water Jet Cutting
  • Chemical Etching
  • Welding
  • Micro Cutting


  • Die Casting
  • Urethane Casting
  • Composite Layups
  • Extrusion
  • Post Processing & Finishing
    • Pad Printing
    • Powder Coating
    • Bead Blasting
    • Surface Grinding
    • Polishing
    • Anodize
    • Powder Coat Passivate
    • Chemfilm
    • Vacuum Metallization
    • Silkscreen
    • Plating
    • Tumbled

CNC Machines Used by Fathom / /

Fathom’s manufacturing facilities are powered by over 530 machines, including mills, lathes, presses, press brakes, turret punches and additive systems. Fathom has equipment dedicated to metal prototype fabrication, including lasers, waterjet machines, finishing tools, autodeburring, 4 slide machines, multi-slide machines, press brakes, 300-ton presses, 22-ton presses, wire EDM machines, seely slide forming tools and 35-ton blanking presses.

Fathom provides not just CNC machining but also hybridized services leveraging prototype fabrication and additive manufacturing. Need metal prototype fabrication as part of a more complex project? Fathom can handle it. A recent case study is listed below where Fathom delivered 20,000 parts in 27 days using 55+ tools, including metal prototype fabrication services:

Case Study //

Real Customers. Real Results.

A customer came to Fathom with a complex project that spanned the technologies and processes of rapid production—and needed it done fast. Fathom delivered.

20,000 Parts // Within 27 Days
55+ Tools to Injection Mold 15,000 Parts First Article in 2 Weeks

55+ Tools to Injection
Mold 15,000 Parts

First Article in 2 Weeks

3,000+ 3D Printed Parts

3,000+ 3D
Printed Parts

2,000+ Metal Fabricated Parts

2,000+ Metal
Fabricated Parts

Hybridized Services Used //

3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing—PolyJet, SLS, MJF.

DFM Analysis + CAD Mods.

CNC Machining. Laser Cutting.

Stamping. Die Cutting. Post-Opp Drilling.

24-hour Turnaround Urethane Casting.

Injection + Compression Molding.

Model Finishing. Insert Assembly.

Advanced Project Management.

Fathom’s Locations for CNC Machining Services / /

CNC Milling Locations Nationwide

Fathom’s manufacturing network has nine locations across the United States with CNC capabilities. Our CNC locations are:

1050 Walnut Ridge Drive
Hartland, WI 53029
ISO 9001:2015

444 W. 21st St. Ste. 101
Tempe, AZ 85282
ISO 9001:2015
NIST 800-171 Compliant

620 3rd Street
Oakland, CA 94607
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified
NIST 800-171 Compliant

1207 Adams Drive
McHenry, IL 60051
1401 Brummel Ave
Elk Grove, IL 60007
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified

13758 Johnson Street NE
Ham Lake, MN 55304

1513 Sam Bass Rd
Round Rock, TX 78681
ISO 9001:2015
ISO 13485:2016

Aluminum CNC Machining Cost FAQs / /

Q: Does Fathom offer CNC services?

A: Yes, Fathom offers CNC services.

Q: What is a CNC machine?

A: CNC machines are computer-driven manufacturing equipment.

Q: Is Fathom ISO 9001: 2015 certified?

A: Yes, Fathom is ISO 9001: 2015 certified. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: Is Fathom ISO 13485:2016 certified?

A: Yes, Fathom is ISO 13485:2016 certified. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: Is Fathom NIST 800-171 certified?

A: Yes, Fathom is NIST 800-171 certified. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: Is Fathom ITAR certified?

A: Yes, Fathom is ITAR certified. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: What is CNC machined aluminum?

A: Aluminum possesses excellent machinability, making it an easy material to work with during CNC machining. Many aluminum parts from automotive to defense are made using CNC machining.

Q: Can a CNC machine cut aluminum?

A: Yes, aluminum can be cut by a CNC machine.

Q: Is Aluminum good for machining?

A: Most aluminum is great for machining.

Q: Is CNC Aluminum strong?

A: CNC aluminum parts are very strong and offer good corrosion resistance.

Aluminum CNC Machining Quotes / /

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1050 Walnut Ridge Drive
Hartland, WI 53029

444 W. 21st St. Ste. 101
Tempe, AZ 85282

46758 Lakeview Blvd
Fremont, CA 94538

7770 Washington St.
Denver, CO 80229

14000 N.W. 58th Court
Miami Lakes, FL 33014

1207 Adams Drive
McHenry, IL 60051

1401 Brummel Ave
Elk Grove, IL 60007

13758 Johnson Street NE
Ham Lake, MN 55304

1920 Slaterville Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850

401 W. Shore Blvd.
Newark, NY 14513

1513 Sam Bass Rd.
Round Rock, TX 78660

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