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Wire EDM Shops

  • Cost Effective Manufacturing Option
  • Production-Grade Repeatablity
  • Ideal for Complex, Small-Scale Designs
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Fathom manufactures high-quality parts for its customers in its wire EDM shops. Whether your project is time-sensitive, high-precision, highly complex or short production run related, Fathom can meet the requirements of your project.

Projects and Parts Supported by Wire EDM Shops / /

Wire EDM shops can produce a wide variety of different parts. Medical devices, miniature parts, prototypes and more, can all be made in a wire EDM shop. Many different industries use wire EDM shops to make parts, including automotive, aerospace and electronics. Some examples of products made using wire EDM shops include:

  • Medical devices for implantations
  • Prototypes
  • Small hole drilling
  • Blanking punches
  • Extrusion dies
  • Miniature parts
  • Titanium needles
  • Turbine blades
  • Internal gear

Why You Should Use Wire EDM / /

Wire electrical discharge machining (EDM) is perfect for manufacturing parts made from electrically conductive, hard or brittle materials. Wire EDM can cut complex and intricate shapes and is often used when a conventional manufacturing method will not work. Wire EDM does not place any stress on the material. No burrs are produced during wire EDM which allows for a quicker turnaround.

Wire EDM Quote Times / /

Submit your file to Fathom’s SmartQuote online platform and receive a quote in as little as 1 hour, usually within 24 hours. Ready for a wire EDM quote or to learn about another manufacturing service? Contact Fathom today. Fathom’s wire EDM lead times are as follows:

  • Parts as fast as 6-8 days

Wire EDM Services Offered by Fathom / /

Does wire EDM sound like the perfect match for your complex project? Fathom is ready to work with you. Fathom’s single-source global network will support all your low- to high-volume projects. By utilizing both additive and advanced technologies, Fathom can deliver high-quality products that satisfy our clients.

Fathom offers 28 different manufacturing processes including wire EDM.

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

Wire EDM Machines Used by Fathom / /

Fathom’s manufacturing facilities include over 530 machines, including mills, lathes, presses, press brakes, turret punches and additive systems. Thirty-one of Fathom’s machines are dedicated to EDM manufacturing, including 16 for wire EDM, 12 for sinker EDM, and 3 for drill EDM. Thanks to Fathom’s global network of state-of-the-art equipment, Fathom offers its customers a rapid turnaround.

In addition to wire EDM, Fathom also offers hybridized services. Fathom is ready to assist you with your complex project. 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
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55+ Tools to Injection
Mold 15,000 Parts

First Article in 2 Weeks

3,000+ 3D Printed Parts
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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 Wire EDM / /

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

Wire EDM Specifications and Tolerances / /

Even when working with hard materials, high precision is possible with wire EDM technology. Even greater accuracy can be achieved by using a lower power and speed. Once the power and flushing pressure have been reduced, a +/- 0.0005” tolerance is possible.

Material Thickness Tolerance Kerf Part Volume Set Up Cost Lead Time ** Notes
up to 15.750 inches thick 0.0005" 0.006" 1-200 Is Best Low 6-8 days Conductive Metals, Carbon

Wire EDM Shop Materials List / /

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

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

Wire EDM Shop Finishing Processes / /

Even though wire EDM can produce a smooth or mirror-like finish, some finishing may be needed to customize a part. Common finishing processes used for wire EDM parts include:

Painting

Painting is used to add color, varnish, or ink to a part. The painting process may include powder coating, liquid coating, or e-coating. A part is powder coated by using an electrostatically charged powder, which leaves a scratch-resistant and uniform coat on the metal part. Liquid coating applies wet paint to the surface of a part. During e-coating, the part is dipped into a bath of paint where it and the paint are electrified, resulting in the paint adhering to the part.

Transfers

When a part needs a label or design, transferring may be used. To transfer a design, pressure is applied to the part using a heated press. Transferring can also be used to print a design that will later be engraved onto the part.

Assembly

Sometimes parts are produced as smaller pieces that must then be assembled to form a larger part. During assembly, the part is bonded to other pieces using fasteners or bonding procedures that may be permanent or temporary.

Drilling

When a round hole must be added to a part, drilling is used. To create the hole, a drill press, tapping, or milling machine may be used. Other types of drills that may be used include spotting or peck drills.

Deburring

Unwanted material known as burrs or unwanted raised edges can be removed through deburring. Electrochemical deburring, thermal deburring, or abrasive flow deburring may be used. Electrochemical deburring uses an anodic metal dissolution to remove unwanted material. Thermal deburring uses a combustible gas in a pressurized chamber to deburr a part. Abrasive deburring uses an abrasive slurry to deburr the part.

Wire EDM Shops 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. 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: Is Fathom AS9100:2016 certified?

A: Yes, Fathom is AS9100:2016. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: Is Fathom NIST 800-171 certified?

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

Q: How much does wire EDM cost?

A: The cost of a wire EDM project depends on the complexity of the design, materials chosen, quantity ordered, labor and more. For a fast quote, submit your file through the SmartQuote platform.

Q: What is a wire EDM machine shop?

A: A wire EDM machine shop is a facility that uses wire EDM to produce a variety of parts including parts for aerospace, electronic, and medical industries.

Q: What are wire EDM services?

A: Wire EDM services are manufacturing services that use wire EDM technology. Wire EDM uses electrical sparks to create a shape from metal.

Q: How accurate is wire EDM?

A: Wire EDM is a highly accurate manufacturing method capable of tolerances of +/- 0.0005”.

How to Get Wire EDM Quotes / /

Are you ready to start your wire EDM project? Need a fast quote? Use Fathom’s SmartQuote application for any file.

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

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
ISO 9001:2015

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

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