TCI Machine-Ready Blanks

What is a Machine-Ready Blank?

Machine-Ready Blanks are pre-machined, square or round, cut-to-size pieces of raw metal. They are saw cut, then ground and milled so that they are square and flat at tight-tolerances.

By TCI supplying steel or aluminum blanks that are pre-machined to your exact net shape, it allows your CNC machines to get right to final machining, without prep time.

Our customers use Machine-Ready Blanks in both tooling and production.

The accuracy of pre-machined blanks provides close tolerances and consistency from blank-to-blank.  This eliminates material preparation, reduces set up time, streamlines fixturing, reduces scrap and reduces overall cycle time, chip-to-chip.

Basically, we’ll supply the material, square it up and make ’em flat, so you don’t have to!

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Machine-Ready Blank Options

  • Custom – You provide sizes and tolerance, and we’ll make to order.
  • Standard – Hundreds of preconfigured sizes, ready for shipment.
  • Dovetail – Saw-cut blanks with one side dovetailed, custom to your fixture.
  • Manifold – Tight-tolerance, with or without porting and other features added.
  • Feature-Added – Let us hog even more away, providing a near-net, precision shape.
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Having trouble with flatness?

Most of our customers come to us with the issue of keeping parts flat during their machining process.

TCI’s specialized flattening and straightening equipment ensures your parts will arrive flat, without twist, without bows, so you have the confidence the parts will not move when you cut your first chip.

Every job is different. Ask our specialists how flat we can hold your parts, so you can use valuable time finishing the part. Learn More about our flattening and straightening services.


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Do you use a machine and operator to square material?

Machine-Ready Blanks free up your high-precision CNC workcenter, to get to what it does best, complex machining. With a pre-prepped part, your operator will simply load, lock and go. Set the part against pins, clamp down, and hit the green button. Simple as that.

What does this mean in the end… THROUGHPUT. Your machine is freed from prepping, and working on high dollar activity.


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Common Misconceptions About Machine-Ready Blanks

“Machine-ready blanks cost more than oversized stock.”

You’d be surprised. TCI is a master distributor with a wide partnership of material suppliers. We are adding value to low cost material, and passing those savings on to you. Couple that with your decreased cycle times, and the TCO simply can’t be beat. The time saved in your shop almost always exceeds any increase in “raw” material cost, especially on production runs.

“Blanks aren’t useful on my horizontal mill, or when I vise.”

Any time saved is increased productivity and gained throughput. Calculate how much time you spend squaring up your parts (facing, squaring, parting-off) and multiply that by your quantity. Even if it’s just seconds per part, it can come out to hours or days by the end of the job. That time saved can be spent working on your next job.

“It takes too long to get blanks that are squared up. It’s much faster to get oversized stock.”

With TCI stocking material on our floor, we are able to get parts on your dock in the same time-frame as your current supplier, even with our squaring and flattening processes. Better yet, place a blanket order, and we’ll keep stock on the shelf for JIT (Just in Time) releases, when you need them.

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Custom Machine Ready-Blanks

Custom Machine-Ready Blanks ™

Precision Blanks from stainless steel or other alloys that are custom cut, ground and milled to close tolerances LEARN MORE

Standard Machine-Ready Blanks

Standard Machine-Ready Blanks ™

Standard size Blanks from stainless steel or other alloys that are produced and ready to ship within 24-hours LEARN MORE

Dovetail Machine-Ready Blanks

Dovetail Machine-Ready Blanks ™

Custom produced Blanks with dovetail feature designed to work with all 4-and 5-axis dovetail workholding fixtures LEARN MORE

Manifold Machine-Ready Blanks

Manifold Machine-Ready Blanks ™

Custom Manifold Blanks match the outside dimensions of the finish part with a superior surface finish of 16 – 25 RMS LEARN MORE

Feature-added Machine-Ready Blanks

Feature-added Machine-Ready Blanks ™

Custom Blanks from stainless steel or other alloys that include one or more added features – from basic to finish parts LEARN MORE

Vacuum Workholding Solutions

Precision Vise Jaws

Both hardened and soft vise jaws in a variety of materials, including aluminum, steel, other alloys, polyurethane and more.


What Our Customers Have to Say

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I received my blanks today. These look beautiful. Quality product, excellent customer service, on-time delivery, and exceptional packaging… unheard of these days!! I’m anxious to start using them. Thank you for all your help on this. I’ll definitely order again.

Just want to say thanks. I recently ran a job with some blanks ordered from TCI. The blanks saved me two setups and more importantly put extra profit into my pocket. I don’t usually have the luxury of waiting to get material for a job but this time everything worked out fine. You guys rock!

Anonymous Note from Survey

I receive my material on time or early. I have to say it’s a pleasure not having to keep following up on my product and just knowing it’s going to be here when promised.

Aerospace manufacturer (Corona, CA)

Very pleased with the quality of the product and the price was very competitive even considering the cross country shipping costs.

Precision manufacturer (Philadelphia, PA)

Very happy with product (dimensions and finish), packing and shipping protection – excellent.

Tooling company (Spring, TX)

TCI is my favorite vendor to do business with! Thanks for making my life a little easier.

Medical device manufacturer (Pittsburgh, PA)

All of my suppliers should be as good as TCI! 30 years without a failure!

Custom precision machining and manufacturing plant (Louisville, KY)

We have had an excellent relationship with excellent service for 20 years.

Precision manufacturer (Louisville, KY)

Staff were all professional. Delivered quality parts on time.

Small machine shop (Spring Valley, CA)

Great quality – turned a job from a loser to a winner.

Family-owned business (St. Louis, MO)

Sales people are great to work with!

Precision manufacturer (Tucson, AZ)