Glossary of Commonly Used Terms
In order to ensure that you are able to get the most out of the information on this site, we’ve created a glossary of terms that are used commonly in our industry. If there are additional terms that need to be defined, please let us know!
Casting, as it relates to manufacturing, is a process wherein a liquid material is poured into a mold which is in the desired shape of the object. The liquid is then allowed to become solidified. The solid form becomes the cast after being ejected from the mold. Cookware is a common example of the type of product that is made using a casting technique.1
CNC Machining refers to the automation of machine tools that are operated by precisely programmed commands encoded on a storage medium, as opposed to controlled manually via hand wheels or levers, or mechanically automated via cams alone.2
Milling refers to the machining process of using rotary cutters in order to remove materials. CNC Milling simply refers to the milling process in the context of a computer numerical control (CNC) system.3
Turning is a machining process where a cutting tool describes a path by moving linerarly while the workpiece rotates. Again, the ‘CNC’ indicates the turning process being referred to is in a computer numerical control (CNC) system.4
When we discuss confidentiality on this site, we are using the term to describe one point of our 5 Point Guarantee; we will keep your product/business confidential, presenting it only as necessary to secure a quote.
Customs brokers are the professionals who we partner with to help clear your goods and products through international customs barriers. This process involves the preparation of documents, calculation of payments (taxes, duties, etc.) and facilitating communication between government personnel and importers/exporters. Our nationwide network of customs brokers is one of the 14 reasons that you should work with us!5