CNC machining allows for extremely versatile and efficient fabrication when working with wood, plastic, metal, and other materials. Despite its increased prevalence in the manufacturing world, it still isn’t fully understood by the general public. Here is a closer look at some basic principles and capabilities of CNC machining.
CNC stands for computer numerical control — in other words, CNC machining is controlled by computers. Manufacturers use CAD software to design a 3D model with the dimensions of the part to be manufactured. The model is then added to CAM software, which double-checks the model and creates a CNC program. This digital file provides instructions for cutting trajectories, speed, tooling, and so on. The file is uploaded to the CNC machine, which then carries out the manufacturing process automatically.
How CNC Machining Can Be Used
CNC machining allows for more efficient and accurate manufacturing than could be performed manually. This manufacturing process is used for wood, metal, plastic, foam, and composite materials. Most CNC machines use 3-axis milling centers to produce basic geometric shapes, though multi-axis models can create even more complex designs. With fast, flexible design, CNC machining has become a vital part of manufacturing in industries where accuracy is prized above all else, from product design to aerospace.
At Gerber Wood, we use high-quality CNC machining to deliver stunning results for stair parts, trim, personalized gifts, and more. To learn more about how our team uses CNC machining to achieve custom results, or to get started on your next project, contact us today.
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