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How Does Wire EDM Work?

8 July

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For the greater part of 50 years, electrical discharge machining (EDM) has been changing the way manufacturers change innovation and production into their workday. 

The accuracy and affordability generated by Makino’s range of Wire EDM in material removal gives a more precise production and tooling experience than ever before.

What is Wire EDM machining?

Wire EDM machining (Electrical Discharge Machining) is an electro thermal production process where a thin single strand metal wire, along with de-ionised water (used to conduct electricity) allows the wire to cut through metal by the use of heat from electrical sparks, while preventing rust.

How does Wire EDM work?

Wire EDM machining works by creating an electrical discharge between the wire or the electrode and the work piece. As the spark jumps across the gap, material is then removed from the work piece and the electrode. Due to the inherent properties of the process, Wire EDM can easily machine complex parts and precision components out of hard conductive materials.

To stop the sparking process from shorting out, a non-conductive fluid or dielectric is also used in the process. The waste material is removed by the dielectric, and the process continues.       

How Wire EDM works*

How Wire EDM works*

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Makino’s next generation of Wire EDM machining centres

Whether you require threading small holes in close proximity or general Wire EDM work around the shop floor, the Makino range of Wire EDM machines are in a class of their own when it comes to material removal.

Makino Wire EDM from Headland

Makino is a world leader in CNC machining centres, high-precision metal cutting technology and EDM machinery, including horizontal machining centres, vertical machining centres, five-axis machining centres, graphite machining centres, and wire and RAM EDM’s.

Headland exclusively represents the Makino range of wire EDM machines in Australia.

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