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.
Obviously, it’s important to have suitable machines available, as well as the right premises in which to locate them and ensure they can operate safely and dependably. Because CNC programming and making sure that the machine runs properly is a skilled job, there is a need for a suitably qualified and experienced workforce to ensure smooth operation. The type of CNC machine that’s best for a machine shop depends on the type of work to be undertaken, budget and workforce expertise. Our machine shop houses 3-, 4-, and 5-axis CNC machines.
Most businesses find that once they are established, they begin to build up a customer base that grows due to recommendations and repeat business. Many machine shops build long-term relationships with their clients, resulting in a continual flow of work. Targeted marketing may also be a productive source of fresh business, particularly in the early days of the business. By giving customers what they want at a price that’s right, most machine shops can to turn a profit in time.