Electric Discharge Machining & EDM Companies

Electrical discharge machining, or EDM for short, is a highly accurate machining process that is popular for use in applications that require the creation of intricate details or complex geometries. EDM is also used in the production of dies for casting and forging, plastic molds, compressor blades, and other engine parts and a myriad of applications in the worlds of aerospace, automotives, defense, extrusion, electronics, food and beverage, medicine, and stamping.

The method of electrical discharge machining uses electrical energy to etch, drill, machine, and cut metal parts. It also frequently employs CNC EDM machines to carefully manage the process, allowing for incredibly precise results on both extremely delicate or breakable materials and hard metals that do not respond well to other machining processes, such as hardened steel, titanium alloys, and nickel-based superalloys.

EDM tools generally consist of an electrode, wire, or shaped tool and a power source to which it is connected. This power source helps it create electrical discharge, or sparks, which can produce high heat anywhere between eight and twenty thousand degrees. Unlike many other machining methods, EDM does not use impact or abrasion to achieve its goals. In fact, the EDM tool never makes physical contact with the part being machined, and because of this, the part being worked on is not deformed, nor does it sustain heat damage or imperfections like burrs. Rather, using electrical discharges, the EDM tool establishes a conductive path or arc between itself and the workpiece, generating an intense electrical field between them. This generated electrical field then erodes the surface of the workpiece in a predetermined pattern or shape. This is why EDM is also sometimes called spark eroding, spark machining, or die sinking. All of this activity goes on while the EDM tool and workpiece are immersed in a water-based dielectric fluid bath. The bath helps by conducting electricity between the workpiece and the EDM tool (more quickly wearing away unwanted material), flushing away debris, and preventing premature sparking.

Some Leading Manufacturers

VW Broaching Service, Inc.

Chicago, IL | 888-803-9067

V W Broaching Service has been providing superior specialty machining services since 1955. And now our state-of-the-art Mitsubishi wire EDM machines provide extremely precise work, with tolerances held to within .0002. Electrical Discharge Machining finishes are superb – down to RMS 12 on most materials; and any conductive material can be cut, including hardened and exotic materials. Using both non-submerged and submerged cutting technology, we have tapering capability for conical or isometric radii and shapes. The Electrical Discharge Machining Division of V W Broaching Service takes pride in our ability to turn your problem parts around quickly – very often within 24 hours! V W Broaching Service is an ISO 9001:2008 registered company.

Avon Broach and Production Company

Rochester Hills, MI | 248-650-8080

With a multitude of machining and fabricating services, Avon Broach and Production Company has the solutions for your machining needs. Using our precision wire electrical discharge machining capabilities we can create high quality injection molds, extrusion dies, templates, punches, tools, and more. We’ve been providing exceptional manufacturing services since 1950, so you can count on us for quality and reliability. Give us a call to discuss your applications and EDM requirements.

Xact Wire EDM Corporation

Waukesha, WI | 800-798-9228

Xact Wire EDM Corporation is your source for high quality electrical discharge machining services. We have been in the EDM industry for more than 30 years, and we utilize a broad range of CNC EDM machines to handle all kinds of work pieces and specifications. We provide wire EDM, small hole EDM, high taper, auto-threading, and many other capabilities. Whatever your EDM needs, connect with us! We have a solution for you!

Eagle Stainless Tube & Fabrication, Inc.

Franklin, MA | 800-528-8650

Eagle Stainless Tube & Fabrication is the leader in fabricated stainless steel, nickel, aluminum and titanium products. We utilize electrical discharge machining to create all kinds of parts and products. With our state-of-the-art machining services, we can make complex cuts and create intricate forms. We have the close tolerance, high precision ram EDM equipment and expertise to quickly meet your specifications. Contact us today!


Temecula, CA | 951-694-5601

When it comes to electrical discharge machining, we provide only the best! We are ISO 13485:2003 and ISO 9001:2008 certified company, and we continually invest in the latest and best EDM technologies to bring you high-quality products and services. Specializing in manufacturing complex medical devices and prototyping, we can handle any EDM requirements you may have. For more information, get in touch with one of our EDM experts!

Reliable EDM, Inc.

Houston, TX | 800-947-3336

Since our foundation Reliable EDM, Inc. has specialized in the manufacture of precise, accurate, and repeatable parts and components. We provide a host of manufacturing capabilities, including wire EDM, CNC sinker EDM, CNC small hole EDM, and laser machining services. We can handle large and small orders, unique parts and components, and specialty material needs, so contact us today to see what we can do for you!

From here, the EDM process becomes more individualized; there are a variety of EDM methods that manufacturers can employ to suit their needs. Methods include: conventional EDM, wire EDM, small hole EDM, and micro EDM.

Conventional EDM, also known as ram EDM, sinker EDM, or plunge EDM, is the oldest and of one of the two most widely used forms of electrical discharge machining. This method uses an electrode, which is most often made out of machined graphite, though it may also be copper, that plunges, or sinks, into metal to create complex 3D shapes, holes, and patterns.

Wire EDM, sometimes called wire erosion, is the other main type of electrical discharge machining. Instead of using an electrode, wire EDM uses a wire to transmit sparks to the workpiece. This wire, which is made of brass, is fed from a spool through the workpiece and then clamped on both ends by CNC-controlled diamond guides. To create shapes and patterns, the wire cuts through the metal in a pattern that is based on the movement of the arms of the CNC-operated guides. In order for wire EDM to take place, the part being cut must first undergo the next process, small hole EDM.

Small hole EDM is a method of EDM drilling that creates holes and perforations. So, it is used before wire EDM to create a hole through which the wire can be fed.

Finally, micro EDM is a process that treats extreme precision parts. Also known as μ EDM, micro EDM create erosions in nanoscale dimensions, and allows for the cutting and tooling of parts that could not receive accurate treatment.

Each EDM process is well-suited for one task or another. Sinker EDM, for example, is the best process to employ for the creation of complex geometries. Wire EDM, on the other hand, which can be quite efficient, works well for cutting shapes into both selected parts and entire assemblies. Micro EDM processes work well for sensitive medical tools, optical tools, apertures, and the like. No matter the EDM process chosen, most electrical discharge machining equipment is guided, controlled, or monitored by CNC machines or CAM/CAD software.

EDM machines can cut through most any metal. Examples of materials they work with include: aluminum, bronze, cobalt, copper, bronze, gold, lead, nickel, silicon, stainless steel, titanium, and tungsten. In addition, all EDM machines can accurately cut these materials, including even the hardest of metals, without the necessity of preheating them. The removal of this step in the machining process saves manufacturers both time and money.

When deciding on what tool or tools are best for their application, manufacturers should consider variables such as shape and size, as well as the material of the workpiece, which must match with the material of the electrode or tool in order to work properly.

Avon Broach and Production Company

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