Have you heard of CNC Milling Machines, but aren’t sure exactly what they are? Don’t worry! You’re not the only one. Let’s take a closer look at the importance of CNC machines and the abilities that they possess to help us better understand this newer method of creating.
What exactly does CNC stand for anyway? CNC is an abbreviation for Computer Numerical Control and is essentially a programmed code that provides specific instruction to machines to control their detailed movements. More easily understood, this code allows for a machine to mechanically design, produce, and transform a virtual object into a real, attainable product. Much like a robot, a CNC machine interacts with a computer technology that takes the design and its numerical code and transforms it into Cartesian coordinates. This is important because it allows the machine to run on an X, Y, and Z-axis and provides definite directions along a specific plane for the machine to run on.
CNC machines create outstanding finished models by transforming raw materials using different methods most commonly known as adding additive or removing subtractive materials. So what does that mean? Simply explained, subtractive manufacturing is the method used to take something away whereas additive manufacturing adds material. You will see this used in both production and prototyping.
Now that we have a general idea of CNC machining, let’s take a brief look at why it is important. With this method of creation, CNC milling machines and the digital technology associated closely with them have created a more effective and more efficient way to develop resolutions for the problems that methods in the past couldn’t quite solve as easily. An example of this would be that before a CNC machine, cutting metals was much riskier. Altogether, this method of programming created a more effective, safer, and cost-efficient way for high definition designs to be created in order to cut this material more easily.
In summary, CNC machining, also known as Computer Numerical Control, works closes with Digital technology to design virtual products and transform them into real ones. It has stepped in and helped create safer and more efficient ways to complete projects than any methods in the past have ever been able to.
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