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Routing involves machining of large sheet plastic. Typically we use 3000 mm x 1500 mm  x 100 mm thick sheets of engineering plastic to machine profiles such as boats, rims, window frames and gate tracks. Geared gate tracks are used in the rolling mechanisms of rolling automated gates, for residential and commercial use. 


We also create wear bends which allow the tracks on conveyors to go around corners, these are commonly used in the food industry or in large warehouses such as Amazon.  Our customers use these to support and guide tab and bevel side flexing chains around corners, reducing friction and improving resilience. 


With 25 years’ experience, we are proud to have become a leading name in routing and cutting services. From general manufacturing to marine engineering, we have lent our expertise to countless successful cutting and routing  projects in diverse industries. 


We are dedicated to offering you a completely personalised solution that will help keep your business productive and profitable. Make sure you leave your routing needs in the hands of true professionals. Contact Autolathing Engineering today.


Customers often come to us with specific engineering plastics for us to machine. We have the design CAD/CAM software that allows us take design prototypes from the computer to a finished product. 


Why should you choose a CNC Router over a machining centre?

The reason you choose routing over a machining centre is the size of the material sheet. Our routers are able to take large sheets which provide you with precision and cost savings per machined part.  


Choosing a router also speeds up delivery time. When suitable, it’s the quickest way of producing higher volume, longer dimension parts. 


What is the maximum sheet thickness you can fit on your router? 

Our CNC Router is an industrial router that can fully cut through plastics that are up to 100 mm thick, we can also take sheets up to 200 mm thick for projects that require partial cut through depth of up to 50 mm. 


How do CNC Routers work? 


A CNC Router is used for cutting flat sheet type materials. We specialise in engineering plastics, but CNC Routing machines can also cut wood, foam and composites.  CNC Routing has streamlined the process of creating a vast range of components and finished products. 


CNC Router technology is typically used in cases where identical reproduction of parts or products is essential. This is particularly useful for all manner of manufacturing, engineering and agricultural applications. By enabling complete automation of the production process, using nesting software, computerised routing not only saves you money, it also means that exacting quality standards can be easily maintained.



What is nesting software? 

Nesting software allows us to minimise waste by plotting the required parts efficiently, so we utilise the raw materials in the best possible way. This leads to cost savings per part. We use CAD/CAM software such as Alphacam and Solidworks for efficient and effective nesting for your project. 


Whether you need customised plastic mouldings for any purpose or ongoing sturdy replaceable parts, Autolathing Engineering can help you. If you have any questions or wish to obtain a quote, just give us a call at the workshop.