What is a CNC Machine?

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. CNC machines offer many advantages over other forms of cutting – they can be used to shape extremely complex configurations and are very fast. We provide a selection of CNC machine options, enabling our clients in the Fox Cities and Green Bay area to get the results they want on a wide range of different jobs.

How to Use a CNC Machine

The majority of work involved in using a CNC machine comes from the programming required to instruct the movements of the component to be shaped. CNC machines are capable of shaping a wide range of materials, including wood, steel, stainless, plastic, bronze, and aluminum. Once the component is fixed in place, the machine can run autonomously, freeing operators up to work on other tasks. A CNC machine can be used to shape prototypes, or as part of a continuous production process. Ideal for creating components in large volumes, CNC machines are a cost-effective method of creating high-grade, accurately shaped parts suitable for some different industries.