December 11th 2015 Posted at Webmaster Tools
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There are many of us who are unfamiliar with what CNC machining tools are. However the term simply refers to any equipment that can be classified as ‘CNC’ which stands for Computer Numerical Control. These devices are then things that are used for a range of tasks within the manufacturing and fabrication industries. This kind of machinery has been around since the 1970s, but at the time of its inception was only known as NC or Numerical Control.
When CNC machining tools are used they are programmed in such a way as to minimise the amount of manual work that needs to be done in a fabrication process which has many positive repercussions. For instance it instantly means that the items being manufactured will be freer of error as computers do not make errors in the same ways that humans do. At the same time this then drastically reduces costs because you have far fewer staff to pay, and it increases profits as the items can be churned out at a much faster rate. Because CNC machining tools can be programmed precisely this also means a much tighter control over the use of resources and over the precise specification. This then means that the items are more identical but more importantly it means less wasted materials and that in turn means lower overheads (again) as well as a being better for the environment.
For instance, in metal preparation if conventional tools were used the individual would have to bore a hole into the metal manually using a drill press. However before they would be able to do that, they would first need to set a speed for the drill’s rotation, activate a spindle, and set up the work area. When pushing the drill into the metal a lot of force would be used, the holes would not be identically spaced apart, and a lot of things could go wrong potentially injuring the worker and/or damaging the metal or the drill.
With a CNC machine on the other hand the metal will reach the drill press already held in position, and from here it will have the holes automatically bored into each other. The drill will move automatically and much more quickly and the distances will be programmed using mathematical equations ensuring the maximum use of material and that the holes should be completely evenly spaced. This makes it impossible to match the output from a CNC machine by using human workers.
CNC machines are highly flexible and very varied. They can also run multiple programmes so they can be used for producing all kinds of other types of other materials and items. This again is even quicker than using a human team as you can load the programmes into the machines at the press of a button rather than having to teach the new specifications to many different people.
CNC tools include welders, grinders, routers, lathes, drills and more and these are often used in industrial settings. However some home devices such as sewing machines and even home printers could also be considered CNC tools.
The main thing about quality cnc machining is precision. To get the most out of any general engineering or gear cutting exercise, accuracy is vital.
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