Machining – Slice and Dice

Ever walk by an abstract building or structure and wonder how it got like that? The answer to that question can be answered in one word: Machining. Sometimes, the average looking piece of metal just won’t do. For whatever reason, it needs to look a certain way that’s so unique it’ll turn heads. Machining may seem like just cutting metal into certain shapes to fit a certain part or role, but there’s more to it than that. Aesthetics in machinery can go a long way. For example, if you needed a car, the most important thing is that it can get you from point A to point B. Naturally, if there are cars that look nice and get the job done, you’d take that one without a doubt. That is, if the nice car is within your budget. The same goes for machined metal. Most of the time with fabricated and machined materials, the most important thing is that it does what it needs to do. However, when it comes to tools and materials within industries that involve some serious work like drilling, you don’t want just any tool. You want the best looking tool the industry has to offer. You may ask: “What about the quality and the functionality of the tool? Isn’t that more important?” Yes, quality and functionality of a tool or any product is important, but when it comes down to it, quality and¬†functionality should be by default, already good. The aesthetic aspect of a tool or any other machined product isn’t just icing on the cake. If the machine shop can make it work and look good, it tells you something about the people who made it. It tells you that they have better resources and very capable employees. In most cases you should assume the best, but anticipate the worst. If a company machines something for you and its the best thing you’ve ever seen, take it for what it is. Because chances are, no one in the machining industry wants a bad reputation. A good looking product under these circumstances doesn’t mean its too good to be true, but rather a statement saying: “Anything they can do, we can do better.”