Machining materials

You may be surprised by the range of materials APT can precision machine for you. We create turned parts and milled components using a variety of metals, alloys and plastics. Our in-depth understanding of how these materials machine means we’re happy to advise on the best material for your project.

Stock bars in a variety of different materials including titanium

Turning equipment

Our fixed and sliding head lathes use the latest high performance lubricants and coolants to ensure a smooth, efficient and highly productive process. This also allows us to machine a wide variety of materials and achieve better finishes.

Using this equipment, we were able to undertake a complex titanium machining project to create bespoke titanium components for one client.

Milling equipment

APT uses Haas vertical axis machining centres, which generate less heat, vibration and noise than other CNC machining centres. This means we can mill in a wider range of materials, with better surface finishes and thermal stability.

Using this equipment, we undertook the aluminium machining required to produce intricate aluminium blocks for the pneumatics engineering sector.

Brass turned parts

We specialise in the design and manufacture of brass turned parts. Brass is an exceptionally versatile material with a high tensile strength. It’s also durable and weather resistant, which makes it suitable for a wide range of applications.

You can read more about the advantages of brass in our blog: Why is brass good for machining?

And you can see examples of our brass turned parts in the brass turned parts gallery.

Machining materials list

The turned parts and milled parts materials list below is by no means exhaustive.

Stainless steel

316 / 316L (1.4401)
303 (1.4305)
304 / 304L (1.4301/1.4307)
17-4PH

Yellow material

CZ121 brass
CZ131 / CZ112 brass
Aluminium bronze
Copper
Beryllium copper
Phosphor bronze

Aluminium

6082
2011
7075
2014

Steels

230M07
080M40
605M36
210M15

Plastics

Delrin
Acetal
Nylon
PTFE
Peek
Tufnol

Super Alloys

Inconel
Titanium