CNC Manufacturing of the IO Inc. Hellcat .380

June 16, 2012

Right now, the American economy is in trouble. Some people are even saying it may even be headed for a “fiscal cliff”. Things have been particularly difficult for manufacturing.  Overall, manufacturing jobs have been way down.  Traditional manufacturing jobs are hard to find. But CNC manufacturing jobs are hard to fill.

What is CNC Manufacturing?

Video explaining CNC and how IO Inc uses it to manufacture the highest quality firearms right here in America.

CNC stands for computer numerical control. CNC machines are mills or lathes driven by a computer. They make the machining very accurate.  The CNC machine does have to be programmed, and you have to build certain fixtures in order to machine certain parts. But you can program the CNC machine however you want, and you can build and use custom fixtures, so you can machine custom parts  to very accurate tolerances.

CNC Manufacturing parts for the Hellcat .380 auto

In our case, we use CNC to machine our frames and our slides for the Hellcat .380 auto pistol.  For example, to make the Hellcat slides, we start with solid 4140 steel billets measuring 1″ x 1″ thick.  With CNC, we take those solid steel material and turn them into slides with custom features.  We make 5 slides in 2 hours and 24 minutes.  That’s a lot of time, but using custom solid steel frames means you get the highest quality .380 auto available. To learn more about the Hellcat .380, our other manufacturing processes, and where you can buy one, you should click here.

Ulrich H. Wiegand, Interordnance, I.O., Inc.






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