Our Capabilities

Aluminum to Titanium
Exotic & High-Temp Metals
Flexible On-Demand Deliveries
Cell-Base Manufacturing

Close-Tolerance Machining
Full CAD/CAM Capabiliites
Complex Contours
Full 5-Axis Machining

More About Ames Machine

A State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Partner

Over the years, Ames Machine has worked hard to remain at the cutting edge of customer service technology. In the 21st century, this means a partnership with our customers like never before, including long-term agreements, Internet-based forecasting capabilities, flexible “on-demand” shipments, and more. “In today’s marketplace, a successful contract manufacturer is an extension of the customer’s enterprise,” explains Mike Ames, president. “With electronic data interchange (EDI) forecasting capabilities linked to our in-house MRP system, our cell-based manufacturing floor is set up to ship-on-demand for over 1,500 part numbers on long-term agreements with our customers.”

Our commitment to a flexible, cost-effective manufacturing environment at Ames Machine defines a whole new level of customer service. Let us show you how to get exactly what you want, precisely when you want it, at very competitive prices.

“Ames has the machining capacity you need, when you need it.”

The Ames Machine Story

Ralph Ames founded Ralph E. Ames Machine Works, Inc., in Westchester, California, in 1942. In those days there was no such thing as a “Vision Statement.” There was, however, a simple principle that guided Ralph in his fledgling enterprise: “To provide the quality and reliability that is essential for success in the growing aerospace industry.”

“To provide the quality and reliability that is essential for success in the aerospace industry.”

– Ralph E. Ames, Founder


Today, over seventy-five years later, that same dedication to quality and integrity is more relevant than ever and guides the third generation of Ames’ at Ames Machine. “With 45,000 square feet and 41 state-of-the-art CNC machines, Ames Machine is a top-rated supplier to many major manufacturing firms in the U.S. In fact, we have parts on every commercial and business jet on earth, and on every F16 and F18 fighter jet.” says Mike Ames, president. “Our dedication to our customers is evidenced by our 98% on-time delivery record and our 99.6% overall quality acceptance rating.” Our modern facilities and excellent ratings are a large part of our total commitment to quality and customer service at Ames Machine.

Ames Machine ships tens of thousands of precision-machined parts and assemblies each year using an advanced, internal MRP system to track the workflow through the cell-based manufacturing floor. In addition, Ames Machine uses an EDI system linked to our customers’ internal data to forecast requirements and schedule our workload. This advanced capability allows Ames Machine to provide multiple deliveries at the lowest possible cost for our long-term customer requirements.

Ames Machine continues to grow through our commitment to precision manufacturing technology, and our dedication to the quality and reliability that builds long-term relationships with our customers. Ralph Ames would be proud of his company today, and of the spirit that still guides it: “Providing the quality and reliability that is essential for success.”

For more information, please contact us or call us at (310) 320-2637. We look forward to serving you.

“Over 75 Years of Machining Excellence.”

AS9100D & ISO 9001:2015 Compliant


“We offer close-tolerance machining on a wide variety of materials.”

What’s New at Ames Machine


Fadal 3020HT VMC

Three New 5-Axis Vertical Machining Centers

November 2017

Ames Machine has added three new 5-Axis Vertical Machining Centers to our CNC milling department.  One new Fadal 4525 VMC and two new Fadal 3020HT VMCs bring the number of advanced CNC Machining Centers at Ames to twenty;  with full 5-axis capabilities, high-speed machining and up to 40″ x 24″ x 27″ xyz capacity.  This kind of machining capacity in our milling department translates directly into increased scheduling flexibility at Ames Machine, and even faster response times and quicker deliveries for our customers.

At Ames Machine, we remain at the forefront of the precision machining industry with our continuing investment in the latest, state-of-the-art manufacturing technology.  Count on Ames Machine when it comes to the capacity you need, delivered when you need it.


Airbus A350 XWB Airliner

Airbus A350 XWB

November 2017

The Airbus A350 XWB is a twin-engine, wide-body jet airliner that can seat up to 366 passengers.  It is the first Airbus aircraft with both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer.  Ames Machine provides critical parts and assemblies for many of the flight-control systems on the A350, parts that require uncompromising quality with tolerances as close as .0001” (one ten-thousandth of an inch).  Ames Machine is part of a world-wide network of suppliers for flight-critical components, with only top-notch suppliers given the chance to participate in the production of this innovative new airplane.

Over 75 years of precision machining expertise, and our continuing commitment to the latest in modern manufacturing technology, make Ames Machine the perfect choice for world-class projects like the A350 XWB.  If we can support one of the most advanced jet airliners in the sky, imagine what Ames Machine can do for you.


Boeing 777-X Airliner

Boeing 777X Airliner

November 2017

The Boeing 777X builds on the success of the 777 and 787 airliners and will be the largest and most efficient twin-engine passenger jet in the world; unmatched in every aspect of performance when the first planes are delivered in 2019.  Among other features of the 777X are new, composite wings with folding wingtips that add 23 feet to the wingspan to maximize fuel efficiency during flight.  The 777-9 version has seating for up to 425 passengers and a range of 7,600 nautical miles.  The advanced technologies and manufacturing techniques used for the 777X require the highest levels of precision, performance and quality from the world-wide supply chain.

Ames Machine is definitely up to the task with our outstanding reputation for quality and reliability in flight-critical precision machined parts and assemblies.  The Boeing 777X is defining the future of commercial aviation, and Ames Machine is proud to be part of the team producing this ground-breaking new airplane.

“We offer the latest in precision-machining technology.”