What is a CNC Machine?

A CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machine is a piece of equipment that’s controlled by a computer. The computer runs a carefully designed program that instructs the machine how to move. The instructions are normally translated into cutting instructions, which guide a component to be shaped against the cutting tool in a series of minute movements. Capable of enormous accuracy, it’s possible to work with CNC machines which are capable of moving the component under construction in 3-, 4-, or 5-axis directions…. Read More

What is a CNC Machine Shop?

At its most basic, a CNC machine shop is literally a place where CNC machining takes place. Normally an industrial complex of some sort, there may be one or more CNC machines located there. CNC machines are available in 3-, 4-, or 5-axis configurations. A machine shop may contain several of the same type of machine, or a variety. There is no upper limit to the number of machines that can be located in a machine shop – size and cost are normally the key variables that affect overall numbers….Read More

What is a Drilling Operation?

Drilling involves the use of a drill bit to shape a material into a predetermined set of dimensions. Drills are used to cut holes into metal, wood, plastics and similar materials. Depending on the drill bit that’s used, it’s possible to create holes in extremely tough materials, often to a considerable depth. The exact dimensions of the hole can be altered simply by changing the drill bit. Most machine shops that have a drilling service can offer a wide selection of different hole positions, shapes, and sizes….Read More

What is a Turning Machine?

As the name suggests, a turning machine “turns” components on a lathe against a cutting tool, creating a cylindrical shape. Turning can be used to create a variety of different components; it’s a particularly popular choice for creating components which have grooves, holes, tapers, steps and similar features. Turning can be used on a variety of different materials and is used to make parts for a variety of industries. Common types of parts created by turning include shafts, rollers, flanges, hubs, bearing housings, and more….Read More