How CNC Routing Works and What Markets It Benefits

CNC routing is an advanced type of machining made possible by computers! While CNC routers operate similarly to standard handheld routers, the use of computer technology provides several distinct benefits when this equipment is used.

How CNC Routing Works

CNC (computer numerical control) routing is used in manufacturing to cut shapes into wood, plastic, and other materials; or to remove excess material. However, the tools are controlled by a computer program, based on measurements provided by a 3D model of the item to be manufactured. Coding controls how the router’s tool heads move (including their speed and direction). Automated control is more efficient and accurate, requiring minimal human intervention.

Common Applications For CNC Routing

CNC routing offers a high degree of accuracy, greatly reducing the risk of human error. This can be especially valuable when multiple parts need to be produced with the same measurements. Tight tolerances, all guided by a computer, ensure precise repeatability, even when producing thousands of parts. This level of quality and accuracy has led CNC routing to be used in everything from architecture to the aerospace and defense industries.

At Gerber Wood, we use CNC routing to produce a wide range of specialty products, including furniture components, trim, stair parts, and more. We offer custom tooling and programming for small and large jobs alike, helping achieve tight tolerances for woods and plastics. Our expert craftsmen are at your side throughout the process to ensure outstanding results for every project.

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