What is CNC machining?
CNC (Consumer Numerical Control) is a pre-programmed manufacturing process with high tech software. The parts that are made with this process are usually more accurate and higher quality than most other manufacturing methods. Most industries that use CNC method are ones that need accuracy.
What industries benefit from CNC?
These are just a few industries that most benefit from CNC machining - medical, aerospace, transportation, oil and gas, military and defense, and many more. Benefits for these industries are that you can prototype a lot faster with the CNC method.
What can a CNC machine do?
CNC machines can cut and move material that is programed into the computer. The different types of cutting for the machine is plasma cutting, laser cutting, milling, routing, and lathes.
What types of CNC machining are there?
There are 5 common types of CNC Machining.
- The first type is CNC Lathes Machine. Lathe machining is typically made on a spindle and typically made to make round or circular parts.
- Second is CNC Milling machining and that is typically is made with a 3 to 5 axis machine. It is the most commonly used form of CNC machining to make parts.
- Third is CNC laser cutting machine. This type of CNC method is focused on high powered laser beams to make, cut and or engrave a material to form a shape.
- Fourth form of CNC is Electrical Discharge Machines. EDM process is essential used to burn away steel and make incredibly accurate parts by creating finite adjustments to the part. This is typically used for mold making.
- The fifth from is CNC Plasma Cutter Machine. A CNC plasma cutter is a machine that is specifically designed to cut through electrically conductive materials by using a computer to control and direct an accelerated jet of hot plasma at the material being cut.
When was CNC machining invented?
It was created in 1952 and it was invented by Richard Kegg with MIT.