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Why Are Difficult-to-Machine Parts So Expensive?

Posted by Chip Holm on Jan 6, 2021 1:34:23 PM

Explaining the High Cost of DTM Parts

It’s no secret that difficult-to-machine (DTM) parts are expensive. To compound that, from a customer standpoint, the number of shops willing to entertain machining Inconel, titanium, Hastelloy, Kovar, invar and other DTMs are few and far between. When it comes to pricing, material, labor, and tooling, are all very expensive in the machining process.

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Topics: Insider, titanium price, inconel price

What to Know about Machining Titanium

Posted by Chip Holm on Jan 29, 2016 3:02:53 PM

Considerations of Costs and Qualities of Titanium

It’s well-known that titanium is among the pricier of the materials to work with, though from the machining titanium perspective, not the easiest to work with—due to, in part, the toll it takes on the tooling. But it’s in high demand in industries like aerospace, petrochemical, chemical, medical, architecture, military, and transportationso there is good reason to discuss why it is sought after.

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Topics: machining titanium, titanium tooling, titanium price