Precision CNC Machining of Medical Implants


Machining parts with complex geometries and fine surface finishes is common in the aerospace and automotive markets, but medical implant manufacturing takes it to a whole other level. A common saying in manufacturing for space applications is, “there is no repair shop in space.” The quality, precision and reliability of each part must be perfect […]


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What is a CNC Lathe and How Does it Work?


Computer numerical control (CNC) has been incorporated into a variety of new technologies and machinery. One such machine of this sort that is used for a wide array of production processes is known as a CNC lathe. Due to technological advancements, CNC lathes are quickly replacing some of the older and more traditionally used production […]


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CNC vs. NC: What’s the Difference?


Computer numerical control (CNC) is an advanced form of computerized production and manufacturing. However, CNC was not the first form of producing parts based on programming techniques. It was actually preceded by NC, or numerical control. What is Numerical Control (NC)? The concept of numerical control (NC) started when the automation of machine tools originally […]


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How CNC is Used in the Aerospace Industry


The aerospace industry encompasses all types of air traffic, from massive Boeing 747 jets that carry hundreds of passengers to spacecraft rockets designed to travel to the International Space Station, the moon, and even Mars for exploration purposes. Aerospace technology is made with some of the most incredible precision imaginable. As such, computer numerical control […]


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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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