Refractory Metals, Engineered Plastics & Exotic Materials

Imperial has always been willing embrace challenging manufacturing operations, leading to a reputation as the "go-to" source for machining and fabricating some of industry’s most difficult materials. Our heavy involvement with some of the nations most advanced research and development organizations has allowed Imperial to develop particular expertise working with refractory and near refractory metals like Tantalum, Molybdenum and Titanium.

 
Tantalum workpieces - Formed, Rolled, Deep Drawn, Welded and Precision Machined

Tantalum workpieces - Formed, Rolled, Deep Drawn, Welded and Precision Machined

 

Known for its wide ranging and unique properties, Tantalum is a material of choice for many semiconductor, military, chemical processing and communications applications. While very costly and difficult to machine, Imperial has many years of experience threading, milling, forming, welding and deep drawing tantalum and its alloys.

In addition to Tantalum, and specific to work that centers on high-heat resistant materials, we also have extensive abilities in working with Molybdenum and Tungsten. Rounding out those skills are Imperial's substantial capabilities in welding, forming and machining Titanium and its alloys. For the past several decades, Titanium machining and fabricating, specifically for Lightweight systems for military and defense related applications, has made up a substantial portion of Imperial's manufacturing operation.

 
High-Precision milling, drilling and threading on Tantalum components.

High-Precision milling, drilling and threading on Tantalum components.

 

While Titanium and similar materials are common for us we also have insight and abilities in metals such as Nickel alloys (Inconel), Kovar, Hastelloy, Invar, Super Invar, Monel and almost any metallic material.

In addition to metals Imperial Machine & Tool Co. also machines a wide variety of non-metallics including all grades of graphite, engineered plastics such as Teflon, Glass Filled Phenolics (G10, G11 et. al.), Vespel(s), PEEK, Acetal Polymers (Delrin) as well as custom laminates and compounds.

In short, Imperial is well suited to machine and fabricate a very wide variety of materials both metallic and non-metallic.

 

If you have questions about our specific capabilities please contact us, we'd be happy to answer your questions.