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CNC machines are some of the most powerful and versatile tools that you can use in a manufacturing environment. Here is how one works and some additional benefits they can provide.
A CNC, (or Computer Numerical Control), machine reads specific computer code that instructs it on how to perform. The programmer generally uses CAM software to deliver specific tool paths that the machine will follow. These paths will either be 2D or 3D model of the part that is intended on being built. Once the programming is completed, the program goes through a post processor which turns the CAM software into G Code. The G Code is what the CNC machine is capable of reading.
The G code is uploaded into the machine along with any raw materials, cutting tools, and holding tools that are needed. A machinist then starts the machine and places it into automatic mode.
The benefits of using CNC Manufacturing are many, here are just a few:
Training for the machine takes place entirely via software. The machine can be completely mastered by the trainee without ever laying their hands on the physical machine. This is a great option for avoiding potentially expensive training errors