Design to production
Dale Earnhardt Inc. started more than two decades ago, making parts for its own race team. Now, the business offers design and manufacturing services to all NASCAR teams, in addition to its developing own line of proprietary parts.
Programming and machining
Howard Elliott, programmer and machinist at Dale Earnhardt Inc. -- a resource center for NASCAR racing teams seeking faster, stronger, better performances, and parts that can endure the rigors of the track.
Milling, turning, EDM, waterjet cutting
DEI machines in up to four axes and uses a range of machinery that includes seven milling and four turning centers, a wire EDM machine, and a waterjet cutting table.
One to 1,000
Parts are manufactured individually or in lots of up to 1,000, including smaller lots of highly custom parts and prototypes, and larger lots for parts that may fit into the palm of your hand.
Roughing and rest machining
DEI uses Surfcam Traditional’s rest machining function to remove remaining material from hard-to-reach areas automatically. When roughing cycles are complete, material that’s impossible to reach with tooling used for roughing operations is typically left behind. The "rest machining," or "rest material," operation removes the “rest of the material” from the sides of contours and pockets.
“We pretty much support every team out there in one way or another,” said machinist Howard Elliott. “A lot of them have their own shops, but we still do some of our specialty parts for them.”
Surfcam Traditional’s multi-cut option helps Elliott to machine complex, curved shapes, as its multi-cut three-axis toolpath makes it possible to machine single or multiple surfaces in a variety of cutting patterns.
Elliott and the DEI team also use Surfcam Traditional’s TRUEMill machining cycle, an optimized roughing toolpath that can be completed with a one-step, 3D roughing through pre-finishing operation. The toolpath creates uniform step height across all surfaces, regardless of how many tools are used, and removes material at significantly faster rates and greater depths of cut than more traditional cycles.