Wire EDM is a machining process that allows for metal of all types to be machined in ways that cannot be accomplished through traditional machining methods. Delicate and intricate cuts that are impossible with other machining methods are not only possible, but are able to be produced within a very fine tolerance.
This ability to make precision cuts on any type of metal makes it possible for our Wire EDM machines to create items such as jewelry in addition to more traditional machining uses such as building prototypes for automotive or aeronautic applications.
A Wire EDM machine can, through the use of computers, cut nearly any design out of metal that you can envision. And it can make a cut that is precise within 1/25th of the width of a human hair. But how does it work?
Wire EDM – a definition
“Wire EDM” is machining using an electrical discharge. The full name for the device is a “Wire-cut Electrical Discharge Machine.” The wire in this case is a long spool of very thin, coated brass wire. This spool can be up to nearly 12 miles long. The metal that needs to be cut is submerged in deionized water, and the spool of wire is charged with electricity. The sparks that jump from the wire to the metal being cut do the work of cutting the metal. The debris from the cut is flushed away by the surrounding water.
Wire EDM history
Wire EDM has been used to machine metal tools and parts since the 1960’s. Don Greer, the owner of Absolute Wire EDM, has over 30 years of EDM experience. Absolute Wire EDM has been in business for 6 years. We are a family-owned business with 3 generations involved in the trade.
Do you need machining help?
With our decades of experience using Electrical Discharge Machining, we can rapidly help you establish if your metal project requires Wire EDM. Fill out our online form to receive a free estimate for your Wire EDM work.