CNC, which stands for “Computer Numerical Control,” is a method of mechanical production to generate prototypes or products based off of a digital rendering of the item. As technology advances so do CNC machining capabilities, providing a valuable resource to a huge variety of businesses and consumers. CNC machined products are reliably exactly the same, an important element of manufacturing, as well as quicker to produce than they may be by hand. Depending on a businesses need, there are three basic types of CNC machining available to them:
The first type of CNC machining is additive or, in more conventional terms, 3D printing. The machine builds up, or adds, layers of a material to build up a part little by little. 3D printing has seen a surge in popularity over the last decade, becoming more and more affordable for large business and small businesses alike. 3D printing can be used to make everything from candy to livable houses, making it incredibly versatile in both material availability, size, and functionality.
The second type of CNC machining is subtractive machining. In this type of machining the machine uses various tools to carve away at a solid block of material such as wood or metal until it arrives at the final desired form. Various tools, such as different drill bits or carving heads, can be used to create the desired results.
The third type of CNC machine is cutting machines. These tools include things like laser cutters, plasma cutters, and water-jet cutters. Rather than building up a material or carving away at a material they, generally, are used entirely to cut through materials to form flat pieces that are then used to build other things.
Learn How AZ Industries Utilizes Different Forms of Machining
Each of the previously mentioned types of machines have different pros and cons for different kinds of applications, but all are incredibly valuable. AZ Industries provides various forms of CNC machining, including water-jet cutting and metal milling, among many others. Come see what we can do for you.