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Wire EDM Companies

IQS Directory is a top industrial directory listing of leading industrial wire EDM companies and suppliers. Access our comprehensive index to review and source wire EDM companies with preview ads and detailed product descriptions. These wire EDM companies can design and engineer wire EDM services to your specifications and application need. A quick and easy to use request for quote form is provided for you to contact these wire EDM companies and suppliers. Each company has detailed profile information, locations, phone number, website links, product videos and product information defined. Read customer reviews and product specific news articles. We are the right resource for your information requirement whether its for Swiss wire EDM, traveling wire EDM, wire plunge EDM.

  • Waukesha, WI 800-798-9228

    XACT Wire EDM Corp. is one of the largest and most experienced Wire EDM Companies in the country. Our Wire EDM manufacturing capabilities include a large number of high-end machines with two locations offering advanced CMM and video inspection. We work with a wide variety of customers in the medical, defense, aerospace, automation, robotics industries as well as many companies in the metal machining, tooling & stamping industries. We are ISO 9001:2015 certified. Contact us today to learn more!

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  • Rockford, IL 815-397-9707

    Since 1973 EWT/3DCNC has dedicated their service and support to their customers with Engineering, Quality Machining, Building Molds & Dies, and handling EDM Consumable Supplies. Our experienced team of professionals have the knowledge of helping and supporting you with all of your needs.

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  • Anaheim, CA 714-826-2352

    Since 1981, King Tek EDM and Precision Machining has grown into a full-service machine shop capable of producing parts in there entirety. Our primary focus is electrical discharge machinery as we offer wire EDM, sinker EDM, and small hole EDM. Utilizing the latest wire machining technology, we are involved in new applications of a variety of industries outside tool and die like aerospace.

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Wire EDM Industry Information

Wire EDM

Also known as electrical wire erosion, wire EDM is one of the most common types of electrical discharge machining, which uses the most accurate types of machining equipment to manufacture hard metals and other materials that are difficult to machine cleanly with conventional mechanical-cutting methods.

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Applications of Wire EDM

As a highly-accurate tooling method that uses electrical energy to cut, drill, etch, and machine metal parts, wire EDM has a long list of uses in applications for stripper plates, gears, punches, stamping die components, and producing plastic molds. Wire EDM is used for cutting shapes through a selected part or assembly. Industries that utilize wire EDM machining technology include electronics, tool and die, aerospace, robotics, and medical.

How Wire EDM Works

In order to electrically discharge a machine metal part using wire, a hole or perforation must already be made in the metal. This is usually done by small hole EDM. Wire EDM can then be accomplished through sparks produced from the wire connected to a source of power or a generator. The sparks are electrical discharges that can generate heat anywhere from eight to twenty thousand degrees depending on the required processing temperatures for the work piece.

Unlike plunge EDM, in wire EDM processes, a thin brass wire is fed through the pre-drilled hole in the work piece and clamped on both ends by diamond guides. The wire is then used to create an intense electrical field between itself and the work piece with the electrical discharge (or sparks) eroding the surface of the work piece in the desired pattern or shape. There is no actual contact between the electrode and the work piece, but rather a conductive path that is established between the electrode and the material. The EDM process takes place in a bath of dielectric fluid, which prevents premature sparking and flushes away debris, conducts electricity between the electrode and the work piece, and then flushes out the melted material.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Wire EDM

Wire EDM offers several advantages compared to conventional cutting methods, including the ability to machine complex shapes, patterns, and hard materials, such as stainless steel, titanium, carbide, and inconel, at close tolerances. Wire EDM is also a cost-effective and flexible machining process.

Disadvantages of wire EDM include heavy electrode wear due to the nature of the electrical discharge process and a slow rate of material removal, which can make the conventional EDM process time-consuming. However, some technological developments in wire cut EDM include using multiple heads for cutting two materials at once, control for preventing wire breakage, automatic self-threading features, and new programmable machining strategies for wire EDM optimization.