We continue to support the needs of national health and safety, and critical infrastructure by providing near net size machine-ready materials designed to reduce the production time of essential products. In the spirit of our Rapid Response Program, which gives priority to all parts associated with essential products, we recommend and encourage customers to consider Standard Machine-Ready Blanks for jobs where they meet the requirements. Standard Machine-Ready Blanks are available for same day or next day shipping through TCI and our authorized distributors.
Standard Machine-Ready Blanks
Standard Machine-Ready Blanks offer the same flatness as our custom blanks, but dimensionally they are premachined in hundreds of sizes and alloy combinations. Each precision standard blank arrives square, flat and parallel within +/- .002” of specified dimensions all around, making them machine-ready. Standard Machine-Ready Blanks eliminate the need for squaring up the material prior to finish machining.
Custom Machine-Ready Blanks
When tolerances need to be even tighter, net- or near-net-size custom Machine-Ready Blanks provide all the benefits of standard blanks, but are produced to customer specified dimensions as close as – +/-.0005” dimensionally and as close as .0002” in flatness, squareness, and parallelism. Custom Machine-Ready blanks are available directly from TCI and can also be special ordered through our authorized distributors.
Flat and Made to Stay That Way
Most Machine-Ready Blanks requests are for flat material, less than ½” in thickness. In these cases, flatness is especially important as it eliminates the tendency for part movement during the machining process, especially with large surface area parts.
Demand for flat material that resists movement during machining is high for two reasons, one, part movement can turn parts into scrap, and two, creating flat material, on your shop floor, that resists movement is harder than many people might think. The top and bottom surfaces of machine-ready blanks are processed simultaneously, which maintains flatness and reduces hidden stress introduced into the material during milling.
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