CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining is a manufacturing process that involves using computer-controlled equipment to shape and cut metal or plastic materials into a desired final product. The process typically involves a rotating cutting tool, such as a drill, mill, or lathe, that is guided by the computer to produce precise cuts and shapes.
In CNC machining, the cutting tool is controlled by a computer program that is based on a design or CAD (computer-aided design) file. The program specifies the position, speed, and direction of the cutting tool, as well as the material feed rate and other machining parameters. The computer controls the movement of the tool and the workpiece to produce the desired final product.
CNC machining is commonly used to produce a wide range of products, including automotive parts, medical devices, electronic components, and consumer products. The process is especially well-suited for the production of high-precision, intricate parts and for low-volume to medium-volume production runs.
One of the key advantages of CNC machining is its ability to produce parts with a high degree of accuracy and repeatability, making it a popular choice for applications where tight tolerances are required. Additionally, CNC machining is highly customizable, allowing for the use of different materials, cutting tools, and machining strategies to achieve the desired final product.