If you are looking for a manufacturing method that can produce high-quality, complex, and customized parts and products in a fast and efficient way, you might want to consider CNC machining.
CNC machining is not new — it’s been used for almost 100 years and uses computer-controlled machines to create precise and intricate shapes from various materials, such as metal, plastic, wood, and composite.
What makes it stand out over other manufacturing methods, such as manual machining, injection molding, and 3D printing, is that it allows you to reduce human error with greater accuracy and precision, making it perfect for short-production runs.
In this blog, you’ll learn about the advantages of CNC machining, how it outperforms other manufacturing methods, and why you should consider using it for your next project.
3 Advantages of CNC Machining
You already know that there is usually more than one way to produce the parts you need. Choosing the best solution involves tradeoffs between time and money. CNC machining can be a great middle-ground that balances the equation.
Here are 3 ways that CNC machining will give your projects an advantage.
- Accuracy & Precision
One of the main advantages of CNC machining is its ability to ensure high accuracy and precision in producing complex and intricate parts and components — with fewer errors and lower costs.
Because CNC machines use computer-controlled machines that follow a predefined set of instructions, it allows you to meet the exact specifications and tolerances for your project.
Since CNC machines can cut, drill, mill, or turn the material into the desired shape and size, it makes them especially useful for industries such as aerospace, medical, automotive, and military.
For example, aerospace parts and products, such as jet engines, turbines, and wings, need to be accurate and precise to ensure optimal performance, safety, and fuel efficiency.
The machine also has a feedback mechanism that monitors the tool and the material and adjusts the speed, feed, and depth of the cut accordingly. These factors help to eliminate or minimize the errors and variations that might occur due to human intervention, environmental conditions, or material properties.
- Speed & Efficiency
Another advantage of CNC machining is its ability to reduce production time and increase the efficiency of manufacturing processes by eliminating the need for manual labor and human intervention.
Unlike humans, machines can operate 24/7 without any breaks or interruptions. This means much fewer errors and minimal downtime, and in the end, builds speed into your project timeline.
Quickness also works in your favor when you require design changes in the middle of the project. With quicker turnaround times, design changes can be applied to new parts going forward. And you will get these new parts much sooner than if you had to wait for a person to make them.
CNC machining is also faster and more efficient than other manufacturing methods, such as manual machining, injection molding, and 3D printing, because of some factors, such as automation, repeatability, flexibility, and optimization.
- Versatility and Customization
The other benefit, which isn’t considered enough, is the fact that CNC machines can handle a wide range of materials, shapes, sizes, and designs.
At Impact Fab, we use our CNC machines to work with many kinds of materials including various steel, titanium, aluminum — and even plastic.
Whether you require prototypes, custom parts, or large-scale production runs, our CNC machines are adept at handling the intricacies of your project, delivering consistent and reliable results.
Don’t have a CNC machine?
If your shop doesn’t currently have its own CNC machines, or you’re not sure you need one, you can always turn to a local fabricator. Any modern fabrication company should include CNC capabilities within their services.
They will also have expertise in various machining methods and materials. A good shop will become more like a partner than a service provider. They will work with you to ensure that the design and the materials are the best fit for what you are building.
When choosing a fabricator, you may want to consider shipping times and costs. For companies located in West Michigan, Impact Fab is already nearby. If you’re looking for a fabrication shop with a wide range of abilities and deep expertise, we’d like to talk to you.
We can work with a wide range of materials and capabilities to bring your projects to life.
You want to get the best parts for your job. We can deliver on that! Check out our website to learn more about our CNC Machining capabilities.