EDM and Linear vs Ballscrews

EDM and Linear vs Ballscrews

An overview of the two most common drive systems in EDM machines today and what differences they bring to the EDM process. Ballscrews have been with us for many years and have proved to be accurate, reliable, easy to maintain and easy to fit many different...
Wire EDM: GIGO

Wire EDM: GIGO

Garbage In Garbage Out: Mistakes in the Wire EDM are most often made before the start button is pressed. As the operator, you are often pushed to get the machine cutting, because when it’s not cutting, it’s not making money, right? WRONG! What if in the process of...
Wire EDM: How Much Better Is Bigger?

Wire EDM: How Much Better Is Bigger?

Large-diameter wire for EDM has been around for decades, but just recently it has taken the market by storm. To understand how and why this is happening I will go back to my personal experiences as a WEDM operator. In 1976, the industry-standard wire diameter was...
Wire EDM: Common Causes of Wire Breakage

Wire EDM: Common Causes of Wire Breakage

Much research has been done on the issue of wire breakage during the machining process. But before we explore the types of wire that can be used to decrease wire breakage in certain materials, we must first look at what causes wire breakage in general. Current Density...
Wire EDM: Top Ten Cleaning Tips

Wire EDM: Top Ten Cleaning Tips

Wire Spool Area: The interval of cleaning and maintenance in the wire spool area is easier to remember as you replace empty wire spools frequently. A light blast of air or wiping with a cloth is sufficient for general maintenance in this area. Be sure to remove excess...