PRECISION GUN DRILLING SERVICES
AN-Prototype invests in high-quality deep hole drilling machines to support complete deep hole processing services. With the expertise of our engineering team and the latest machinery, we can machine deep, small, inclined, ball end, blind and concentric holes and ensure they meet our quality and precision standards.
Our deep hole drilling services are widely used in the manufacture of precision medical components, fuel manifolds for the aerospace industry, cooling holes in injection molds and assembly units for automotive panels, among others.
AN-Prototype is the best choice for all your precision deep hole grinding needs, by using the most advanced CNC drilling machines and a well-trained staff team, we are able to quickly and professionally complete the drilling of any precise specifications of customers with high quality Order.
Applications of Deep Hole Drilling
A deep hole is defined as a depth greater than 10 times its diameter. So a 0.25″ diameter hole becomes “deep” when the depth exceeds 2.5″. (Or when a hole with a diameter of 5mm exceeds 50mm.)
Deep hole drilling is also sometimes referred to as “deep hole drilling”. This is because the first engineered component that requires a long, deep, straight hole is the barrel. Many machined parts today rely on deep holes to function. For example:
The Challenge of Deep Hole Drilling
Tool Jumps. Runout refers to the up and down floating range of the drill tip orbiting around the axis of rotation. As the drill gets longer, the amount of runout increases, and the diameter of the hole drilled increases accordingly.
Walk. “Walk” occurs where the drill tip contacts the workpiece. If the surface is not perfectly vertical, sideways force will push the bit in that direction (and a slender bit may bend slightly.) This can cause the hole to be misaligned and drilled at an angle. It can also damage the drill bit.
Chip Removal. Material cut off from the bottom of the hole must be removed to make room for the drill to advance. In deep holes, these chips tend to wrap around the flutes and build up where they rub against the hole wall. This can raise the temperature and eventually cause the bit to seize and/or break.
Cool Down. In most precision machining operations, cutting fluids keep the cutting interface cool. In deep holes, it is difficult to transport liquid to the bottom. As a result, the temperature of the drill tip rises to the point where it may damage the workpiece or even weld to it.
Best Practices for Precision Deep Hole Drilling
Precision CNC machine tools. A CNC machine with a high-quality spindle will achieve the best drilling results. This reduces runout and provides a high level of control over the drilling cycle. (Note that for round parts it is best to rotate the workpiece and keep the drill still)
Next is the jig and the drill itself. The jig must hold the bit on axis, and the bit must be perfectly straight and symmetrical about its axis.
In order to stop the drill from walking, the surface must be prepared. This may include milling flat pads in addition to securing the workpiece so that the surfaces are vertical. Starting with a center drill or pilot drill will ensure the holes are in the correct location.
The drill itself must be suitable for deep hole drilling. The main requirement is a center hole for delivering cutting fluid to the tool tip. This will reduce the cutting temperature and push out the chips. For longer holes, a dedicated deep hole drill will have only one cutting edge instead of two. This again helps with chip evacuation.
Where through-hole fluid delivery is not possible, the alternative is “peck” drilling. This means pulling the bit out of the hole, thereby pulling the chips along with it, and then reinserting it. Some machine shops like to use a set of drill bits of increasing length: this increases cycle time.
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Why Choose AN-Prototype For Deep Hole Drilling Service
Deep hole drilling is unavoidable in the manufacture of many metal parts, but making parts with deep holes is a huge challenge. AN-Prototype’s precision machine shop will have CNC precision machining capabilities to accurately and consistently produce these features. Contact us to discuss your machining needs.
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