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Custom Machined Base Plate for an Analytical Instrument

Custom Machined Base Plate
Custom Machined Base Plate

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An analytic instrument company needed a special base plate with controlled thermal expansion rate. We worked with the engineer and we selected a special iron nickel alloy that matched the needs of the customer.

Unfortunately this material was not available in plate, so we purchased large round stock (10” diameter) and sliced off pieces that were .500” thick. These parts needed to be flat and parallel within .0003” so we went to great lengths to ensure this precision requirement. We rough machined the parts on a CNC lathe, and then heat treated the blank to relieve all of the stresses that were in the metal. The part then went through 10 more steps including milling, grinding, and finally precision lapping to achieve flatness and parallelism. We have produced over 1000 of these parts in the last four years.

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Custom Machined Base Plate for Analytical Instrument Project Highlights

Product Description
Base Plate with Controlled Thermal Expansion Rate
Capabilities Applied/Processes
  • Milling
  • Lathing
  • Grinding
  • Lapping
Equipment Used to Manufacture Part
CNC Mill
CNC Lathe
Overall Part Dimensions
.315” Thick x 8.900” Diameter
Tightest Tolerances
Position ±.002”
Flatness .0003”
Material Used
Invar 36
Material Finish
Electroless Nickel Plating
In process testing/inspection performed
CMM Inspection
Surface Plate
Surface Profilometer
Industry for Use
Analytic Instruments
Delivery/Turnaround Time
6 Weeks
Delivery Location

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