CNC Machining

CNC stands for Computer Numerical Controlled and is used to automate the machines tools for the production of components or products. The CNC machining involves end to end design of the component with CAD CAM systems. The CAD/CAM systems create commands which can automatically operate the CNC machines.

Following is the process of CNC Machining:

1. Create a model/blue print of the component to be produced / machined
2. Create a process of flow of the raw material to the final component
3. Write CNC programs for the system for machining
4. Schedule a run time for the CNC machine
5. Check the quality of the raw materials to be used
6. Set up the CNC machine
7. Produce some samples of the components to be produced
8. Check the samples for quality and design
9. Adjust the settings based on the check on samples
10. Run the machine to produce with components with continuous quality checks
11. Final inspection

There are numerous benefits of using CNC machines for production

1. You can achieve high volumes
2. Once standardised, the program can be used for repeated production of a component
3. Low cost of production
4. High quality production is achieved as there is little human factor involved
5. Cycle time of production is reduced with automation
6. Repeat customers

There are many companies in world which supply high precision products to manufacturing houses. The advantage of outsourcing CNC low volume machining to a vendor are that you do not have to focus on components which are required in low volume, require high quality, but come at a low cost and may require considerable capital. Such components can be easily outsourced and bought from companies which are experts in precision engineering for repeated production.

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