Advantages of CNC Machining
As a machinist, it is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of CNC machining so that you can identify which projects suit the process. We must help customers optimize their design for CNC machining, or else guide them to another manufacturing processes when it doesn’t suit. As a product designer, it is vitally important to know whether to stick with CNC machining or to design the parts for another manufacturing process. Here are some of the key advantages of CNC machining.
CNC precision machining technologies have revolutionized the manufacturing industry by minimizing manual work and allowing for unparalleled levels of consistency and accuracy. Some of the advantages of CNC machining over other common manufacturing methods include:
CNC machining offers a much greater degree of dimensional precision relative to manual manufacturing processes. As machining operations progress to the finishing stages, material is removed from the workpiece at higher accuracies to achieve extremely tight tolerances.
High production and scalability
Once the design specifications are programmed into the computer software, CNC machining can consistently achieve high production volumes with flexible scalability.
When paired with advanced design software, CNC machining can perform intricate and precise operations that cannot be duplicated by manual machining. This allows for a significantly greater degree of design flexibility, enabling the production of parts of nearly any size, shape, or complexity.
Since CNC equipment is automated, it requires fewer technicians to operate and supervise production tasks.
CNC machining allows each precision-machined part to be perfectly replicated according to exact specifications.
Excellent material properties
CNC machining can be performed on practically any material with sufficient hardness.
The accuracy, speed, efficiency, and automation of CNC machining reduces manufacturing costs by minimizing production times and labor hours. These savings can be passed along to customers, creating a competitive advantage and providing an opportunity for business reinvestment.
Once a design for an object has been loaded into the software, the program is able to retrieve the design at any future date, facilitating additional production runs without the need for new programming.
One-off custom parts and prototypes
CNC machining allows for efficient, on-demand production of one-off parts or prototypes.
CNC machining is a relatively low maintenance process that typically only requires occasional software updates and replacement of cutting tools.
CNC machining allows practically any metal or plastic object imaginable to be created from an extensive selection of materials.