CNC machining is a
manufacturing process for fabrication and prototyping services in a variety of
industrial applications. The term CNC stands for 'computer numerical control',
which implies that the CNC machining process employs computerized controls and
machine tools using pre-programmed computer software to control a range of
complex machinery operations. It makes three-dimensional cutting tasks and 3D
prototyping very easy as you can accomplish the whole machining operations in a
CNC machining services offer various capabilities and operations to shape stock materials such as wood, plastic, metal, foam, and composite to create a 3D model using CAD technology. A CNC machining process includes the following stages to operate and control machine and cutting tools, irrespective of the material used for prototyping and fabrication:
CAD model design: Designing a CAD model is the first stage of a CNC machining process. It begins with the creation of a schematic design using a computer-aided design (CAD) software) to produce a model or rendering of the actual product or machine part, considering the technical specs, geometries, and dimensions for accurate product designing.
Converting the CAD file to a CNC program: A CNC machine uses a specified CNC program to render the 3D model. The CAD design files created in the first stage runs through computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software to generate a digital programming code in form of a CNC program using G-code and M-code.
CNC machine setup and preparation: A CNC machine is set up and prepared for the operation to run the CNC program generated in the second stage of the CNC machining process. It includes affixing the workpiece and attaching the required tooling for the proper machining operations.
Machining operation execution: The CNC machine uses the CNC program as an instruction to execute the machining operation to control and manipulate the machine and tooling action. It guides the CNC machine to generate a custom-designed 3D model of the product.
Types of CNC Machining
CNC machining services are used for prototyping services in a wide variety of industries, including construction, automotive, agriculture, and aerospace. It is used to create machine parts, automobile frames, gears & tools, surgical equipment, and others with utmost accuracy and precision. To accomplish accurate results, the following types of CNC machining operations are performed during the manufacturing process:
· CNC Drilling: It is used to produce cylindrical holes in workpieces for assembling machine parts and tools.
· CNC Milling: It uses a cutting tool to shape the workpiece in desired designs and objects as per industrial applications.
· CNC Turning: It is used to remove excess material from workpieces to achieve the desired dimensions as per the product specifications.
These are the basics of the CNC machining process and operations utilized during the manufacturing and prototyping of machine parts and tools for industrial applications. At UIDEA, we provide CNC machining services for rapid prototyping for a variety of industrial applications. We are equipped with 30+ advanced CNC machines with the biggest machining stroke for CNC machining operations to create a prototype concept as per specific industrial requirements using a wide range of materials. Contact us to know more about our rapid prototyping and CNC machining services.