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The machine tool industry also benefited from the military and aerospace sectors’ ability to afford the expense of R&D in the area of enabling large machines to control kinematics, the dynamics of moving large work pieces automatically with precision and speed. The modern CNC mill makes use of hardware and software to determine the quality of work that may be produced.
The Components of Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
CNC milling machines rely upon computer-aided design (CAD) in the process of designing the parts to be created. Aside from providing the ultimate in quality of design, CAD software produces the electronic file that communicates necessary data for machine operations.
Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) is the method that stores and transmits this information in terms of what should happen in the process of machining and when it should occur. An easily understood example of the CAM are the drums in a music box that direct the notes as they are played.
The CNC part is the device that enables multiaxial milling performance that would otherwise be impossible without these high-tech instructions in the form of alphanumeric G-codes to control the drill’s movements. You could say the CNC mill is essentially the common drill press on steroids.
Unique to the most advanced CNC mills is the ability to perform asymmetric and eccentric turning through 5-axis milling. Extremely complex geometries are possible when all of these axes are used in conjunction with one another, including such organic geometries as the human body.
Materials and Products
The materials that can be commonly milled run the gamut from wood and plastics, such as polycarbonate, acrylics, polystyrene, fiberglass, nylon, carbon fiber, acetal, PVC, ABS and PTFE, to some of the most rigid metals including steel, titanium, brass, bronze, sterling silver, stainless steel and aluminum.
The parts produced range from bicycle and automobile parts to musical instruments, clocks, aircraft, watercraft, engines, machinery, sensors, electronic devices, robots, models, sculptures, enclosures, lighting, furniture, jewelry, medical devices, sporting equipment, photographic equipment, tooling, jigs, sound equipment, toys, telecom, optical devices and more.
Our team of technical experts assure your finished short-run CNC milling production pieces will meet your exacting standards every time.
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