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For Heavens Sake; Your Colorado Machine Shop Helps Local Company Shoot for the Stars

[September 18th, 2013] At our Colorado precision CNC machine shop in Longmont, we are continue to think big, and our personnel shoot for the stars when it comes to their high speed machining duties. Our work ethic and devotion to delivering the finest in precision machine parts means we partner with a wide range of customers. One in particular, as you are about to find out, literally shoots for the stars. In an APM machine shop blog from July 2013, we shared with you how we are "Machining the Way to a Better Understanding of the Weather". Now we'd like to share with you how we are machining the way to a better understanding of the galaxy. You've got to think big, and that's just what our precision CNC milling customers at DFM Engineering do on a daily basis.

DFM Engineering, Inc., neighbors with our Longmont machine shop, specialize in the design, manufacture, and delivery of telescopes, instrumentation, optical systems, and Lidar components. In addition, they offer a wide range of professional services including retrofitting telescopes, and the capability to engineer and fabricate many forms of Electro-Optical-Mechanical SystemsTM from scratch. Pretty astronomical stuff to say the least, in fact, we won't pretend to understand the majority of it. What we do understand is their need for the finest in tight tolerance, high precision, quality CNC machine parts for their instrumentation. Optical systems, especially those used in telescopes, demand extremely strict tolerances. The slightest imperfection in a machined part, the result of a precision CNC milling error, can have dire performance implications. Think back to the problems suffered by the Hubble Space Telescope when first put into orbit. On a smaller scale to be sure, the scientists and engineers at DFM encounter similar issues if their components are not machined in accordance with strict tolerances; there literally is no margin for error.

To date, APM's team of certified CNC machinists have gotten it right, and DFM continues to rely on our Longmont machine shop to fulfill their need for quality, high speed, precision milling and machining. They have been a long time customer and we are proud to work with them, and participate in some small way in what they do. It's pretty fascinating stuff. We offer a wide range of CNC machine services including; CNC milling, CNC turning, grinding, plating, CNC wire EDM, and full-service inspection and reporting capabilities. At our precision manufacturing facility, we want to work with you too, and participate in what you do.

Contact us for more information or a free quote, and let us help you shoot for the stars.

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About the Author

Gerry Dillon is a co-founder, current owner and certified CNC machinist at Advanced Precision Machining (APM), a full-service machine shop located in Longmont, Colorado. Before making his home in the United States in 2000, Gerry was born and raised on the emerald isle of Ireland and took an interest in milling and machining from an early age, ranking #1 in the Irish National Apprenticeship Program. In 2005, he partnered with his friend and colleague, Kirk Tuesburg, currently APM’s machine shop manager, together launching what’s grown into a leading Colorado machine shop. Gerry brings over 30 years of machining experience to the shop floor, and is certified in all aspects of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.

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