Using CNC Machining in the Business World

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How do companies use CNC Machining?

Many companies rely on CNC Machining to produce accurate prototypes from images and notes with CNC code for quick model development. There are several types of prototypes that can be created with the help of CNC-machining units.

The machine tool utilized in CNC cells provides the flexibility to create 3-D prototypes and models. The typical CNC machine uses CAD files to generate G-code used for X-, Y- and Z-axis directions. The main limitation of CNC-machining projects involves the size of the worktable. Many companies help clients in need of large prototypes by creating models in multiple parts for assembly at the end of the project.

CNC-machining cells can produce prototypes using materials favored by clients. The following materials can be cut, melted and formed for prototyping purposes:

  • Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)
  • Steel
  • Carbon fiber
  • Wood
  • Modeling foam

The creation of a single prototype is the basic level of service provided by a CNC machine. Model makers can use CNC-machining units for diverse projects like carbon-fiber lay-ups, soft tooling and cutter-path creation. Every process needs to be followed by machine and personnel review to ensure quality production before final delivery.

The production workshop operated by JH May uses the latest CNC-machining technology for fast and accurate model making. This company has three CNC-milling machines that can generate prototypes of various sizes for rush orders. These CNC machines are accompanied by disc sanders, wood lathes and sandblasting booths for specialized prototypes.