CNC machining is one of the largest developments ever to happen in the world of manufacturing and design. In this article, we look at three key ways that CNC machining has influenced the industry.
The first aspect we will cover with respect to CNC machining is the increased productivity that it provides. From cutting down on the number of workers required to manufacture an item, through to the much quicker production time that CNC machining brings, there is vastly increased productivity.
There is also the added benefit of being able to operate CNC machines around the clock, meaning they can work 24 hours a day, if required.
CAD and CAM
The development of CAD (computer-aided design) and CAM (computer-aided manufacturing), has revolutionized the way that designs and products are created.
In using innovative software to help design a component or item, the instructions of this are then converted into machine readable code, which is then passed directly to the CNC machines. As a result, this has greatly streamlined the entire design and production process, while also allowing a much greater amount of accuracy, reliability, and intricacy, as we elaborate on below.
Intricacy, reliability, and product quality
The last points that we will touch upon are intricacy, reliability and product quality, which are incredibly important in the manufacturing industry.
When comparing CNC machining to more conventional forms of manufacturing, such as manually-operated machines, the level of intricacy obtained through CAD and CAM software, is far superior. Additionally, in utilizing CNC machining, there is far less room for error, particularly as much of the human aspect of manufacturing is removed.
Once a design has been created, CNC machining will follow the instructional code, creating the exact copy that has been requested. Comparatively, manually-operated machines are always prone to the operator making a mistake, or slight variations.
Along with the three listed above, there are many other ways that CNC machining has helped shape the manufacturing sector. With relatively few downsides, it’s hard to see CNC machining being anything but the future of the industry.