What Is CNC Engineering & Why Should You Use It? Are you unsure about what CNC engineering is and the different uses it has? In our blog, we discuss every use and how Tatnell Engineering Services can provide you with bespoke and quality products to take advantage of CNC engineering.
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Tatnell Engineering Services blog, where we will talk you through all the latest developments in CNC engineering and what you can do to get the best results in CNC engineering. What Is CNC Engineering?
CNC stands for Computer Numerically Controlled, meaning the engineering services that are completed are because of the numbers that have been input into the machine. It allows for precision engineering and as it is controlled by a computer and its numbers, it very rarely makes errors during use.
NC machines were originally created in the 1940ís and needed a great deal of management from people using machines. CNC machines have changed this and made sure that wherever they are used, there is no longer the need for constant management of people. Instead, the computer will control the engineering and ensure it functions correctly, with little assistance needed.
What Is CNC Engineering Used For?
This type of engineering is used in the majority of production for metals and plastics. It allows you to give exact measurements, ensuring complete accuracy when you create your own bespoke shaped plastics and metals. Not only can CNC engineering be used to make any metal and plastic through precision cutting, it can also be used to create other machinery, such as:
CNC Lathes Cutters Milling Machine Plasma Cutters
Making sure that you create your products with the exact measurements you desire is not easy, which is why
CAD drawings is also required. CAD drawings allow you to plan out the exact measurements of your product before using CNC engineering by creating a code the machine will understand. Your product will then be created. What Are The Types Of CNC Engineering?
There are two different types of CNC engineering that are most commonly used and they both have slightly different uses and plenty of benefits. The two types of engineering are:
Milling is the process of drilling and cutting material, shaping something to a particular size and bespoke design by being able to move across multiple axis. Turning is when bars of material are held between two points and the material that you are looking to shape is fed to the bar in order to remove the excess material.
What Are The Differences?
CNC milling and turning are used to create a desired shape through cutting a different material, however they both have completely different methods and several other alterations.
CNC turning also creates a programmed result and is of course computer numerically controlled. The code that controls the machine programs the bar of raw material to move towards the turret, which will remove all excess material to create your bespoke shape. CNC turning can cut almost any material, whether this is stainless steel, bronze, aluminium or plastic, CNC turning can deal with it.
CNC Milling is a very specific form of machining however it is very different to the way that turning operates. Milling operates along a X, Y and Z axis, allowing it to move freely upon any area and once coding has been complete, it will make the precision cuttings to any material you require. The Z axis is used for the up and down movement on the milling, so that everything is cut precisely and your design comes out accurately and in the style you desire.
For more information about what CNC engineering is, the products it can create or to use our services for your business, get in touch with Tatnell Engineering Services today on
. We will offer advice on every process you require and always offer a great engineering service in Northampton. 01604587947