WEDM Manufacturing

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  • Production-Grade Repeatablity
  • Ideal for Complex, Small-Scale Designs
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WEDM Manufacturing

Fathom has the latest in wire EDM technology and is ready to deliver high-quality parts. Whether your project is time-sensitive, highly complex, high precision, or short production run related, Fathom can meet the requirements of your project.

What is WEDM Machining?

Wire electrical discharge machining (WEDM) is a manufacturing method used to cut 2D shapes from electrically conductive, hard materials like titanium. During WEDM, material is removed using an electrode. In the gap between the electrode and the raw material, a discharge cuts through material by vaporizing or melting. As the piece is being cut, it is submerged in a dielectric fluid which removes any unwanted material. WEDM is a highly accurate process and no pressure is placed on the workpiece during manufacturing.

Why You Should Consider WEDM Machining / /

WEDM is often used when conventional manufacturing methods will not work. Machining hard or delicate materials can be challenging as many processes cause stress or distortion. WEDM provides a useful alternative for electrically conductive materials as it does not cause stress on the workpiece. WEDM uses a thin wire which allows intricate shapes to be cut with ease. High tolerances are capable with wire EDM and it is considered more accurate than laser or plasma manufacturing techniques. As no stress is caused to the material, there is no need for secondary finishing, resulting in a faster turnaround.

WEDM Machining Quote Times / /

Whether you are ready to start your wire EDM project or get information on a different manufacturing method, Fathom is ready to help. Get a fast quote in as little as 1 hour, usually within 24 hours, using Fathom’s SmartQuote online platform. Fathom’s wire EDM lead times are as follows:

  • Parts as fast as 6-8 days

WEDM Machining Services Offered by Fathom / /

Fathom’s manufacturing network is a single-source resource ready to support your low- to high- volume projects. Leveraging both additive and advanced technologies in addition to wire EDM, Fathom can deliver high-quality parts to its customers.

In addition to wire EDM, Fathom also offers 28 manufacturing processes.

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

Standalone

  • 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

WEDM Machines Used by Fathom / /

Fathom’s global network is powered by over 530 machines, including mills, lathes, presses, press brakes, turret punches and additive systems. Thirty-one machines facilitate Fathom’s EDM services including16 for wire EDM, 12 for sinker EDM, and 3 for drill EDM. Customers receive a rapid turnaround thanks to the capabilities of Fathom’s network of state-of-the-art equipment.

Fathom’s hybridized services leverage wire EDM and other manufacturing methods. Do you need wire EDM as part of a more complex project? Fathom can deliver. A recent case study illustrates how Fathom manufactured 20,000 parts in 27 days using 55+ tools, including water jet cutting 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
15,000

55+ Tools to Injection
Mold 15,000 Parts

First Article in 2 Weeks

3,000+ 3D Printed Parts
3,000

3,000+ 3D
Printed Parts

2,000+ Metal Fabricated Parts
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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 WEDM Machining / /

Fathom has 5 US-based locations that offer wire EDM, offering nationwide coverage to the entire United States. Fathom’s advanced prototyping and manufacturing services include injection molding, CNC machining, chemical etching, metal 3D printing, and more. We have provided over 200,000 quotes to leading U.S. companies and are ready to provide you with a quote today.

Wire EDM locations include:

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

FLORIDA
14000 N.W. 58th Court
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified
ISO 13485:2016

ILLINOIS
1207 Adams Drive
McHenry, IL 60051

1401 Brummel Ave
Elk Grove, IL 60007
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified

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

WEDM Machining Materials List / /

EDM should be used with any conductive metal such as titanium, aluminum, brass, alloys, and superalloys. Thanks to wire EDM’s accuracy, sinker EDM has become a popular manufacturing method for various industries. Whether for part or prototype, Fathom has many materials suitable for sinker EDM, including:

  • Copper
  • Tungsten
  • Bronze
  • Carbon steel
  • Inconel
  • Stainless steel
  • Hastalloy
  • Kovar
  • Titanium
  • Carbon graphite
  • High alloy steel

WEDM Machining Finishing Processes / /

To customize a WEDM part, finishing processes may be needed. Finishing services offered by Fathom include:

Painting

Add color, varnish, or ink to a part using the painting process. Painting methods include powder coating, liquid coating, or e-coating. During powder coating, an electrostatically charged powder is used, resulting in a scratch-resistant and uniform coat. Liquid coating applies wet paint to the surface of a workpiece. E-coating is the process of dipping a metal part into a bath of paint. The part and paint are electrified, and the paint adheres to the part.

Transfers

To add a design or label to a part, transferring is used. During transfer, a heated press transfers the design. The design may later be engraved onto the workpiece.

Assembly

When a final product must be constructed from smaller parts, assembly is required. During assembly, the part is permanently or temporarily bonded with other parts. Fasteners or bonding procedures may be used to fuse the parts together.

Drilling

When a round hole must be added, drilling is used. Depending on the type of mark that must be made, different types of drills may be used such as spotting, peck, drill presses, tapping, or milling machines.

Deburring

To remove unwanted raised edges or material from a part, deburring is used. Excess material is known as burrs. Deburring may be achieved using several methods, including electrochemical deburring, thermal deburring, and abrasive flow deburring. Electrochemical deburring uses an anodic metal dissolution to remove unwanted material. During thermal deburring, a combustible gas is added to a pressurized chamber to deburr a part. Abrasive flow deburring uses an abrasive slurry to deburr the part.

WEDM Machining FAQs / /

Q: Does Fathom offer Wire EDM machining?

A: Yes, Fathom offers wire EDM machining.

Q: What is Wire EDM machining?

A: Wire EDM is the process of machining metal that uses a tool to discharge sparks onto metal material. The discharge melts the material, creating an accurate cut.

Q: Is Fathom ISO certified?

A: Fathom’s certifications include ISO 9001:2015, ISO 9001:2015 Design, and ISO 13485:2016.

Q: Is Fathom ITAR certified?

A: Yes, Fathom is ITAR certified.

Q: Is Fathom AS9100:2016 certified?

A: Yes, Fathom is AS9100:2016.

Q: Is Fathom NIST 800-171 certified?

A: Yes, Fathom’s certifications include NIST 800-171.

Q: What is the principle of EDM?

A: WEDM is a machining process in which electricity is used to cut material. A dielectric fluid is used and an electronic potential is applied. A spark strikes the raw material, which melts or vaporizes the part. Any excess material is removed by the movement of the fluid. WEDM is a no impact manufacturing method.

Q: What is EDM in industry?

A: Many industries rely on WEDM to produce parts. These industries include aerospace, defense, automotive, electronics and more.

Q: What is EDM in manufacturing?

A: EDM in manufacturing is the process of producing parts through electrical discharge machining.

How to Get WEDM Machining Quotes / /

Need a quote on a wire EDM job? Would you like to calculate costs on an upcoming project? Fathom’s SmartQuote application provides fast quotes for any file.

Manufacturing Locations Across National Time Zones
Manufacturing Locations Across National Time Zones
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HEADQUARTERS

1050 Walnut Ridge Drive
Hartland, WI 53029
ISO 9001:2015
AS9100:2016
ITAR

ARIZONA

444 W. 21st St. Ste. 101
Tempe, AZ 85282
ISO 9001:2015
NIST800-171 Compliant
ITAR

COLORADO

7770 Washington St.
Denver, CO 80229
ISO 9001:2015
ITAR

MINNESOTA

13758 Johnson Street NE
Ham Lake, MN 55304

TEXAS

1801 Rowe Lane
Pflugerville, TX 78660
ISO 9001:2015
AS9100:2016

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

CALIFORNIA

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

FLORIDA

14000 N.W. 58th Court
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified
ISO 13485:2016


 

NEW YORK

1920 Slaterville Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
ITAR

401 W. Shore Blvd.
Newark, NY 14513
AS9100:2016
ISO 9001:2015
ITAR

ILLINOIS

1207 Adams Drive
McHenry, IL 60051

1401 Brummel Ave
Elk Grove, IL 60007
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified