Wire EDM Cutting for Stator Laminations Prototype

Every detail, from the design of stator prototypes to the manufacturing process, plays a crucial role in motor performance. That’s why we employ cutting-edge technologies like laser cutting and wire EDM cutting to create high-quality stator prototypes.

In this blog post, we’ll dive into the realm of EDM wire cutting for stator prototypes, shedding light on this advanced machining process and its impact on motor lamination prototyping.

With a multitude of laser-cutting and wire EDM machines at our disposal, we’re ready to design and manufacture electric motor and generator lamination.

What is EDM Wire Cutting?

EDM (Electrical Discharge Machining) wire cutting, often referred to as wire EDM, is a high-precision machining process used to cut, shape, and fabricate motor lamination or parts and components from electrically electrical steel.

This process relies on a controlled electrical discharge, or spark, to erode the workpiece material, resulting in intricate and precise cuts. Wire EDM allows for the production of stator laminations with high precision, which ensures better fitting and superior performance of the final product.

Unlike traditional machining methods, EDM wire cutting eliminates direct contact between the tool and the workpiece, minimizing the risk of tool wear and heat-induced deformities.

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Capability Of EDM wire-cutting process

Normally the stator prototype samples by laser cutting or EDM Wire Cutting. Here is the wire-EDM process: 

Design Preparation

Our engineers and designers create a detailed CAD (Computer-Aided Design) model of the stator prototype. This model defines the exact shape, dimensions, slots, and holes of the stator lamination.

Material Selection

We use electrical steel, amorphous alloy, or nickel cobalt alloy as stator lamination materials. We commonly stack sheets to about 80mm and compress 2 of 10mm height steel plates on both edges. Finally, adjust the flatness of the laminated stacks.


The process prepares the EDM wire-cutting machine. This involves securing the workpiece, which is the chosen material for the stator prototype, and threading the thin, electrically conductive wire (usually brass or copper) through it. Carefully positioned the electrode wire to maintain a small and consistent drilling(0.8-1.2mm) between itself and the workpiece.

Dielectric Fluid

A dielectric fluid, such as deionized water or oil, is used to surround the workpiece and wire during the EDM wire-cutting process. The dielectric fluid serves multiple purposes, including:

Cooling the wire and workpiece to prevent overheating.

Flushing away eroded material particles.

Providing electrical insulation to control the spark discharge.

Electrical Discharge

An electrical potential difference, or voltage, is applied between the wire and the workpiece. When the voltage reaches a critical level, it triggers a controlled electrical discharge or spark between the wire and the workpiece.

Material Erosion

The spark generates intense heat at the point of contact, causing a small portion of the workpiece material to melt and vaporize. This process effectively erodes the material. The dielectric fluid carries away the eroded particles, allowing the wire to progress through the workpiece.

CNC Control

The entire EDM wire-cutting process uses a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) system precisely controlled. The CNC system coordinates the movement of the wire in multiple directions, ensuring that it follows the CAD model’s specifications. This enables the creation of intricate shapes and cuts with micrometer-level precision.

Accuracy and Precision

Throughout the process, the CNC system constantly monitors and adjusts parameters to maintain accuracy and quality. This includes controlling the spark gap, wire tension, and dielectric fluid flow.

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Benefits of Using Wire EDM for Stator Prototypes

Precision and Accuracy

EDM wire cutting delivers micron precision. Defining tight tolerances and precision requirements ensures that stator prototypes meet performance expectations.

Material Compatibility

It can handle a wide range of materials, from conductive metals to exotic alloys, offering versatility in stator material selection.

Reduced Heat-Affected Zones

As a non-contact process, EDM minimizes heat generation, preserving the integrity of stator materials.


This process is particularly cost-effective for small-batch or custom stator prototyping, minimizing waste and setup time.

Quality Control

Engineers employ various inspection methods, such as CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine), projector tester, and visual inspections, to verify the accuracy and quality of prototypes.

Choosing Us As Your EDM Wire Cutting China Manufacturer

We have over 10 years of stator core EDM wire-cutting experience. In the past few years, we have produced over 10k pcs EDM wire-cutting prototype samples for our global customers.

Motorneo has mass wire cutting and laser cutting machines for wire EDM prototype motor laminations. In addition, we offer mass-production electric motor stator and rotor lamination stacks and custom lamination services.

Our automation punching machine and large press can stamp various size iron core laminations. Whether you need industrial motors and generators or automotive motors, we can provide wide solutions.

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Wire EDM cutting offers higher precision and efficiency for creating stator lamination prototypes. This advanced manufacturing technique allows for the production of highly accurate components essential for optimizing motor performance.


What materials are suitable for stator prototypes created using EDM wire cutting?

When creating stator prototypes using wire cutting, it’s essential to select materials that are electrically conductive and compatible with the EDM process. Here are some materials commonly used for stator prototypes created using wire cutting:

Laminated Silicon Steel (Electrical Steel)

This is the most common material used for stator laminations due to its excellent magnetic properties, which help reduce energy losses.

Cobalt Alloys

Cobalt alloys have superior strength and magnetic permeability compared to iron.

Nickel Alloys

These alloys offer high magnetic permeability and low coercivity, which are crucial for reducing energy losses in motors.

Amorphous Alloys

Amorphous alloys, also known as metallic glasses, are beneficial due to their high electrical resistance and low core loss at high frequencies.

What are the differences between laser-cutting and wire-cutting motor lamination?

Laser cutting and wire cutting are two distinct machining processes used in the manufacturing of motor laminations, each with its own set of advantages and applications.

Laser-cutting uses a high-powered laser beam to melt and vaporize the material. It provides a high level of precision, though it can leave a heat-affected zone (HAZ) where the intense heat may alter the properties of the surrounding material.

In wire EDM, a thin, electrically charged wire acts as an electrode that cuts through the material using a series of rapid sparks that erode the material. It offers exceptional precision and produces a very smooth finish without inducing thermal stress or a heat-affected zone, preserving the material’s inherent properties.

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