The Future of Computer Numerical Control (CNC)


Computer numerical control (CNC) has transformed the industrial manufacturing and homemade design fields tremendously over the past few decades. With automation and precision being the two key components of CNC, it’s truly amazing what can be designed today compared to just one generation ago. So, imagine what the future of CNC technology may hold. Some […]


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4 Important Tips for First-Time CNC Machinists


It can be incredibly exciting to either purchase or build a new CNC machine. You might have all kinds of amazing ideas running through your mind on what you want to create from scratch with this powerful machine. But it is not quite as easy – and safe – as it may sound to dive […]


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These 5 Images Illustrate the Beauty of CNC Machining


Typically, when you hear someone talk about “The Beauty That’s All Around Us” they’re referring to things like sunsets, smiling babies or—for one troubled teenage filmmaker—plastic bags blowing in the wind. Let’s be honest: those examples have been done to death. If you really want to find examples of unappreciated beauty, look no further than […]


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Grinding vs. machining


Advanced abrasive solutions can outperform traditional machining processes for operational savings. The aerospace industry is known for using materials that defy machining with conventional tools and processes. The properties of these materials – high-strength at high temperature that allows the components to survive in the hostile environment of an aerospace engine – are the same […]


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CNC’s changing role in aerospace factory automation


Computerized numerical control technology continues to evolve to meet high productivity, stringent aerospace industry quality demands. In automated aerospace assembly, computer numerical controls (CNCs) are better able to address complex interpolated motion than programmable logic controllers (PLCs). CNC technologies are finding increased application in complex airframe alignment tooling, robot control, additive machining, fiber placement and […]


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Integrating CNC Machines and Automation for Smarter Manufacturing


The Computer Numerical Controls (CNC) market is set to grow due to the demand of production efficiency. CNC machines have been a staple of manufacturers but they are now being paired with automation systems and simulation software to increase production. The addition of 3D printing machines onto the factory floor has also increased the demand […]


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Digitalization and the Future of Machining


Digitization sounds like a word straight out of the “Tron” movies: the representation of an object or process in the virtual world so that one can simulate movement, predict actions, and provide better insight. Digitization is a growing trend in the industrial space, and the process finding its way into every corner of the factory […]


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CNC Guide (Part 2): How Changing Features Can Mitigate Manufacturability


Part 2 highlights common practices that focus on manufacturability and cost when designing and creating parts.   A part’s features sometimes make it more difficult to manufacture, or can increase cost and time. Understanding what affects the difficulty, time consumed, and/or cost of a part that needs to be machined is important. The following presents […]


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CNC Guide (Part 1): Best Design Practices for Custom Machined Parts


What exactly is computer-numerical-controlled (CNC) machining? It’s a means to make parts by removing material via high-speed, precision robotic machines that use an array of cutting tools to create the final design. CNC machines commonly used to create the geometric shapes required by customers are vertical milling machines, horizontal milling machines, and lathes. To successfully […]


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Getting a Grip on Rotating Round Tools


Toolholding for rotating round tools—end mills, drills, and taps—continues to evolve with innovative designs aimed at guaranteeing precision, security, and repeatability. As a result, suppliers of toolholding technology have made supporting the precision, security, and repeatability of shrink-fit, mechanical, and hydraulic toolholding the highest priority. You don’t have to look any further than the recent […]


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