DATRON M7 HP is just one of our machines that is ideal for machining engineered plastics.

Machining Engineered Plastics | CNC Milling, Drilling & Engraving of Engineered Plastics.

Engineered Plastics Machining for electronics part R&D and production is efficiently performed on DATRON high-speed CNC machining centers. These German-engineered machines feature a small footprint with a comparatively large machining area (30" x 40" on a standard model), as well as spindles up to 60,000 RPM, 3D surface probing, automatic tool changer and a wide range of integrated workholding.


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An assortment of parts machined from engineered plastics, aluminum and other metals.
Glass-filled and graphite filled engineered plastics can be efficiently machined with Datron high speed CNC machining centers and Datron's specialty tooling for Engineered Plastics, GFK etc.

DATRON machines deliver flexibility through and optimized design along with features that other CNC VMCs don't offer. One example is the probing option on our machines that allows you to scan the surface of sheet material so that any variance is compensated for before the milling is performed. Our machines also offer:

Spindles up to 60,000 RPM
Spray Mist Coolant System
Integrated Clamping & Vacuum Table Workholding
Automatic Tool Changer
Easy, Fast Programming
Microsoft Windows-based Control

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Engineered Plastics Machining like milling test sockets using Datron high speed CNC milling machines
Composite materials, engineered plastics, GFK etc. are used in the production of electronics components like PCB and are efficiently milled on Datron high speed CNC milling machines
Engineered plastics are used for the production of connectors, test fixtures, wave solder pallets etc. and are effectively machined on DATRON high speed CNC Machining centers.
Housings, enclosures and panels can be require machining engineered plastics.
Torlon, Delrin, GFK and other Engineered Plastics are all machined effectively with Datron high speed CNC milling machines.
Batch Machining parts from Engineered Plastics

Batch machining is defined as manufacturing a minimum of two parts on the machining table at any given time.  This section uses the terms “batch machining” and “batch processing” interchangeably.  There is no limit to the number of parts that define a batch, but ideally the manufacturer achieves efficiencies by maximizing the space available on the router machine bed and producing as many parts in one run as possible. 

When companies produce a quantity of parts, they usually have an operator in front of the machine for an entire shift, producing work-pieces one at a time.  The operator takes raw stock, puts it on the router machine bed, mills the part and then removes it — repeating the entire process for eight hours.  Therefore, the operator is dedicated or “tied” to a single router machine.  This procedure is known as “one-up” production.

Based on an 8-hour day, labor costs about $0.40 a minute and a router machine costs about $0.20 a minute to operate.  Therefore, if you tie an operator to the router machine with one-up production, your total cost will be $0.60 a minute.  If you were to run two shifts, the router machine would cost only $0.10 a minute, while the labor cost remains the same at $0.40 a minute.  Although it’s a savings, it falls short of maximizing the impact on a manufacturer’s bottom line and more can actually be saved.  By empowering the machine do the work without operator intervention during the second shift, the reduction in the labor cost brings the router machine cost as low as $0.05 a minute.

Batch machining connectors, for example, on a large machine bed reduces operator intervention since it accommodates large sheet material so a full panel batch can have a cycle time that coincides with the length of an operator’s shift.  That way, the operator can place a sheet on the machine in the morning and attend to other duties during the day.  The automated machine works all day producing the panels.  Near the end of the shift, the operator then removes the completed batch of panels, sweeps down the CNC machine, and sets up another sheet to run unattended all night. 

When the operator returns to work the next morning, he removes the batch of connectors that the router machine produced overnight and starts up another one.  This gets two shifts’ worth of work out of one operator.  This is the principle of “lights out” production — so named because the machine is left running overnight when everyone has gone home.  Bear in mind that the above example reflects the “ideal”, since it keeps the machine operating unattended for most of the workday and at night.  This may not fit your exact application but, the closer you can get to that ideal, the more efficient and cost-effective your operation will become.

Sheets of engineered plastics can be secured using vacuum table workholding for the batch machining of engineered plastics.
Microdrilling in torlon and delrin as well as other engineered plastics is performed at high speed on DATRON high speed CNC machining centers
Engineered Plastics Machining with precision micro hole drilling
Machining Engineered Plastics enclosures and housings with Datron high speed milling machines and CNC machining centers
Carbon fiber and graphite based materials are machined effectively with Datron CNC machines that have options for chip and dust management or extraction.
Microdrilling of Engineered Plastics, Delrin, Torlon, FR4, G10, Phenolic etc. is often performed on DATRON CNC milling machines using Datron micro tooling and specialty tooling like our CVD cutters for GFK
Phenolic, G10 and Engineered Plastics and composite materials are efficiently machinied on DATRON high speed CNC milling machines
Test fixtures, test beds and wave solder pallets machined from engineered plastics are made on DATRON high speed CNC machining centers featuring up to 60,000 RPM spindles, automatic tool changers, 3D probing or surface scanning and integrated workholding.
Engineered Plastics Machining like milling Torlon for test adapters and test fixtures, connectors using high speed CNC milling machines made by DATRON in Germany
Composites and Engineered Plastics Milling with Vacuum Tables holding sheets of material during high speed CNC milling
Wave solder pallets from Engineered Plastics machining PCB with trace cutting and tab routing on Datron high speed CNC milling machines
Machining test beds from Engineered plastics for the electronics industry using machining centers featuring high speed CNC spindles up to 60,000 RPM
Small enginnered plastics parts maching was done on Datron milling machine with high speed CNC technology enginnered in Germany
Engineered Plastics Machining with feeds and speeds adjusted for plastic milling and performed on Datron high speed CNC milling machines
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DATRON High Speed Machining Center is the ideal choice for machining engineered plastics. These machines feature 40,000 to 60,000 RPM spindles, Automatic Tool Changers and Vacuum Workholding - for quick set up and shorter cycles.
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