The CNC concept was introduced in machining processes after World War II, when the requirements for aircraft parts became more complex and hi-tech. Later this process was widely used in the manufacturing industry. Using CNC technology has enabled increase in productivity by leaps and bounds. Undoubtedly, CNC machining continues to evolve and there are exciting times to come.
About CNC Machines
CNC machines or computer numerical control machines as we all know are software controlled machines that allows the user to generate the designs using a computer and the machine creates the designs using computer commands.
These machines require little or no manual control and this enables repetitive work to be performed reliably. More importantly, CNC machines can work without much human intervention which results in greater efficiency and productivity.
Today, CNC machines have the capability of a wide range of functions including cutting, drilling, routing and milling, which make these machines extremely versatile.
● Versatile Uses
A decade ago, manufacturing industries and large-scale projects were the predominant users of CNC machines. However, in recent times, we can see that the scale of operations is reducing and increasingly small and medium size businesses and small hobby shops to handymen are using CNC machines.
● Increasing Usage
With technological advances and software developments, CNC machines are becoming more and more powerful. However, with these advances they are also becoming easier to operate and handle and are increasingly available to new users.
● Move to Mobile CNC Machines
In the past, CNC machines have been mainly used in large scale projects and industries that required large machines. However, in recent years, we are seeing a shifting trend to mobile devices that are easily portable and can be carried and used at worksites.
● Development in Manufacturing
CNC machines are being used widely in smaller businesses and households, but their role in large-scale industries, especially in the manufacturing sector cannot be undermined. As the CNC machines are turning more advanced, manufacturing companies are able to use these machines to produce more precise products and in turn paving the way for more technological advancements such as nanotechnology.
As CNC machining equipment becomes more precise, versatile, and affordable, businesses are looking at huge cost savings. The variety of CNC applications is allowing businesses greater versatility and flexibility. The future of CNC machines and CNC technology is exciting. The evolution of CNC technology as well as applications is sure to change global trends as well as the global economy. CNC technology is slowly but surely changing the face of machining.