Posted On: August 12, 2016
CNC Machining is one of the most common manufacturing processes used in various industries. Since the introduction of Computer Numerical Control in the 1960s, CNC machines have become an integral part of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes. This post provides basic information on CNC machining, its advantages, and applications.
What is CNC Machining?
Computer Numerical Control is a process that uses computers to control tools to create different types of products. Common machine tools used with CNC machining include mills, routers, grinders, and lathes. These machines require specialized software and consoles for operation. Before the machining process is performed, a custom computer program is created to design the object that needs to be machined. The computer is programmed with G-code, which is a specialized language used in CNC machines. This language helps the user control the machine tools, as well as aspects such as speed, feed rate, tool positioning, velocity, etc. CNC machines can be used to create metal as well as plastic components.
Advantages of CNC Machining
As you can imagine, CNC machining provides a variety of advantages to users as well as the customers to whom they are catering.
- Precise Component Machining: Computer Aided Design (CAD) software is used to create the 3D designs of the final component. When this is fed into the CNC machine’s computer, the machine is able to carve out the product from the material to exact specifications. Components of complex shapes can be created easily without consuming too much time.
- Range of Materials: CNC machining can be used to manufacture products from a variety of materials. These include bronze, steel, aluminum, as well as gold and silver. Polymers such as ABS, polycarbonate, and PTFE can be used with the machine as well.
- Repeatability: Once a design has been fed into the computer, the CNC machine can repeat the manufacturing process multiple times. Also, you will always get a high level of precision and intricacy in the component.
How BDE Inc. Provides CNC Machining Services to Customers
BDE Manufacturing Technologies offers a variety of industrial CNC machining services, including milling, threading, turning, and tapping services. We have the capability to provide these services for the creation prototypes, custom components and production runs.
We provide components with tight tolerances, from ±.00762mm. We can even take on contract manufacturing to meet short and medium term machining requirements. We can work with a variety of plastics, as well as industrial and exotic metals such as invar, nickel, stainless steel, platinum, carbon steel, and molybdenum.
BDE’s CNC Machining Applications
BDE provides its machining services to customers who require different types of industrial components, including:
- Dies, Molds & Fixtures
- Print Engine Components
BDE’s CNC machining processes are performed and completed according to regulations of the following standards and certification bodies – ISO, RoHS, ANSI, ASME, ASTM, and Mil-Spec. Click here if you would like to know more about our CNC Machining capabilities.