CNC machining is one of the most popular and versatile machining techniques, which has developed significantly over the years. Machining is constantly being upgraded and updated with the possibility of new technologies and more machines. This is a major technological advance for the industry.
CNC machined parts are therefore very popular, and are widely used in many industries. Increasingly, there is a move away from traditional manual machining to mechanised CNC processes, giving the whole process and end result many advantages, above all time, precision and quality of finish. Below, we will outline the basic elements of CNC machining and tell you how to take full advantage of its many conveniences.
CNC machining process versus traditional plastics machining process – differences and similarities
At the outset, it should be noted that the CNC machining process for plastics offers incredible finishing possibilities. It allows you to achieve perfectly cut and finished parts, which is a very difficult effect to achieve with traditional machining.
In addition, the benefit of the mechanised option is significantly increased productivity, i.e. it allows large quantities of identical parts to be produced in a short period of time. CNC machining is very often used for mass production of parts that are produced at a competitively fast rate.
CNC machining, despite its slightly higher costs, is far more economical than its traditional counterpart. This is because negligible amounts of waste are produced during CNC processes, so that previously purchased material is used to the maximum extent possible and, consequently, overall production costs are reduced.
Factors influencing productivity in CNC machining
After a moment’s reflection, we decided to outline the main factors influencing maximum efficiency in CNC machining:
- Upgrading CNC equipment in line with trends – new technologies are constantly appearing on the market and existing replacements are becoming obsolete. Also, the productivity of machines decreases with continuous use. It is extremely important that machines are constantly upgraded. It really pays to keep up to date with current market trends. This helps to determine where and when machining needs to be updated. Periodic maintenance is equally important to prevent serious problems.
- Keep your CNC machining fully operational – not using machines for long periods of time can lead to breakdowns or deterioration in the quality of the equipment concerned. Therefore, keeping equipment up to date or in excellent condition helps to increase their maximum level of performance.
- Controlling energy consumption during CNC machining – understanding the energy consumption requirements is necessary to protect the operation of the machine from damage such as overheating or short circuiting, among others. Lack of such knowledge can lead to serious breakdowns, downtime and therefore large financial take-offs. It is worth remembering that switching to new technologies helps to reduce energy consumption.
- Reducing tool wear and thermal deformation – is very helpful for improving the precision and productivity of CNC machines. The thermal error of a machine depends on several factors, such as machining time, ambient temperature, cutting speed, feed rate and many others.
Optimising operations and improving machining efficiency to maximise productivity requires the adoption of modern solutions. High-tech CNC machining can handle high volumes of work while eliminating any possible errors.
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