CNC Machining

CNC machining is a manufacturing process performed using a pre-programmed computer software, which controls and dictates the order of operations and movements of the machining tool during the manufacturing process. In this production process, layer by layer of the raw material is substracted until the final part is obtained. It is a manufacturing method that turns raw material (metals, plastics, wood, etc.) into a product or part that is pre-designed with the help of computer software.
CNC Machining
8 days

Minimum lead time

Medium

Price range

Tolerance

Tolerances

Layer Height

Wall Thickness

max part size

Max. Part Size

Pros

This production method is suitable for a wide range of of raw materials such as metals, plastics, wood, glass or composites. It is used as the preferred manufacturing method in a wide variety of industries. By being a computer-controlled manufacturing method, CNC machining enables the production of parts in an accurate, inexpensive and efficient manner suitable for production in small and medium quantities.

Cons

The level of complexity that can be achieved in design and the economic efficiency in the production of complicated parts is limited.

Applications

CNC machining is a manufacturing process that is suitable for a wide range of applications and industries such as military, aerospace, agricultural, automotive and more. This is because of the ability to produce many types of products and parts. The production process includes a number of chemical, mechanical, electrical and thermal processes performed in a controlled manner by a computer. The most common CNC machining processes are: drilling, milling and turning.

Did you know?

CNC Machining is like 3D Printing. It needs a program that can tell the machine what to do. However, the main difference is that CNC Machining is a subtractive manufacturing unlike 3D Printing which is an additive manufacturing. CNC Machining is more common in the manufacturing industry specially when processing large and heavy parts.

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