CNC or Computer Numerical Control machining is the process of computers using machines in order to manufacture a part or object. CNC machines come in all shapes and sizes and have different tools for different applications.
When a CNC system is activated, specific cuts are programmed into the software and order the corresponding tools and machinery to carry out a certain design. CNC machines are operated by numerical control which is a software program that is designed to control an object.
The advantages of systems like these are that they significantly decrease the risk of error or inaccuracy, compared to manual machines that use hand driven wheels and levers. CNC machines have the ability to cut, mill, and weld within several thousandths of a millimeter effortlessly.
CNC Machines are not bound to a particular industry, but they are particularly used for manufacturing of metal and non-metal parts for various applications.
Examples of some types of CNC machines can include:
- Plasma Cutting
- Water Jet Cutting