CNC stands for Computer Numeric Control; the cutting and drilling machines we sell are fitted with and managed by a central computer – a CNC. The computer uses a CNC machining language to gauge the manner in which the material needs to be cut or drilled.
CNC cutters are preferable to manual cutting because they have the ability to control the exact positioning and speed over the process resulting in improved work quality, repetitive accuracy, reduced wastage and drastic reduction in operator errors.
Let’s take a look at how CNC’s work and their applications.
How does a CNC machine work?
As mentioned, CNC’s are controlled by computers; these computers use a CNC machining language, an example of which is G-code, to control the feed rate, coordination, location and speed of the CNC cutter. How the process works is that a CAD drawing of the desired part is developed in a CAD (Computer Aided Design) software package in 2D or 3D. In certain instances, a CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) process may also be used also to translate the drawing to the machine language – generally G Code.
The machine operator would receive the machine code in a file format which he will load onto the machine CNC via either Wi-Fi, USB or Ethernet and process the job accordingly.
Applications of CNC machines
CNC machines are utilised in almost every industry, from small companies to big companies; everyone in the manufacturing industry can benefit from the versatility and high precision of CNC cutting and drilling
CNC cutting is a versatile machining process that allows for high-precision in cutting and drilling operations. These machines are used in a variety of applications and are a worthwhile investment.
If you are looking for high-quality CNC cutting machines (plasma, laser, oxy-fuel, waterjet) or CNC drilling machines or related software contact Lind SA Automation today.