CNC Product Reviews & Testimonials

Here are just a few examples of what our satisfied customers are saying about our CNC Milling products. These are REAL PICS from REAL CUSTOMERS who have generously gone out of their way to take and send to us to show what they are machining with their CNC MASTERS Milling Machine.


Students Encouraged to Use CNC Machines

High school students in Foley, Minnesota, have the opportunity to take a sheet metal machining class where CNC machines are used daily. Students that have taken this class have been highly recommending the class to one another, raising the number of students wanting to take it. The class became a “hot topic” among students and many students became interested in learning the CNC machines.  The class allows students to discover, develop, and create, making the class unique and enticing to the high school students.
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The class teaches students how to both use and master different sheet metal techniques, including using CNC machines. It is an elective course so students are not required to take it but students willingly sign-up for the class. Students do have to pay somewhere between 20 to 25 dollars for the independent projects but students claim they believe the money spent is well worth it.

During the 2014-2015 school year the industrial technology department received a curriculum review which awarded funding to the department. The school invested $12,000 for the purchase of
tools which included the purchase of a CNC machine, a laser engraver, and more. Students typically start out by creating simple things such as a tool box. As their skills improve, they are granted access to laptops and computer-aided design software such as CNC machines. The advanced students have been able to develop go-cart bumpers and metal signs using the CNC machine, along with many other creations. The CNC machines allow students to create things quickly and with great precision.

Through the sheet metal class, the high school students enrolled are also exposed to careers that would involve CNC machines and CNC technology. The students take field trips to local technical colleges to help students see what a higher education in this field would be like. They also tour business and establishments that use CNC machines to understand what people do that use CNC machines for a living.

Students enrolled in this sheet metal class are learning valuable skills that might allow them to establish themselves as a professional through CNC machines. If students aren’t planning to make a career out of CNC machines, at the very least, they are learning a valuable skill.


What Materials Work Best for CNC Machines

Many materials can be used with CNC machines, giving you plenty of options to create whatever you’d like with your CNC machine. From aluminum to copper and from plastic to wood, options are practically endless as far as what materials can be used. Some people even work with steel and wax, depending on what they’re designing. One of the major advantages of CNC machines are the amount of materials that can be used with them, providing owners with multiple options.

Wood

Wood is most commonly thought of as the material that you would use with a CNC machine.  Solid wood is something that has never gone out of style and has been a “go-to” material for people for hundreds of years. CNC machines and wood go hand in hand, and although it’s certainly not the only material that can be used, it’s a popular choice. CNC machines have made creating products made from wood much easier. Choosing the right wood for your project, such as pine or cherry, can make a big difference in the finished product.  Depending on the wood you choose, you also can gear yourself toward a certain color whether you’re going for a darker or lighter finish.

Plastics

Plastic is also commonly used with CNC machines. PVC which stands for polyvinyl chloride is a plastic that is easy to use with CNC machines. PVC is lightweight yet tough which make it an ideal material to work with. The machines can cut through PVC relatively easily too, leaving finished products smooth. PVC also comes in a variety of color options which can help spice up projects and let CNC owners utilize their creative side. Another plastic that is commonly used with CNC machines is plastic acrylic sheets which have varying colors and thickness which can be turned into signs, storage boxes, or even aquarium windows.

Metals

Metal is something that can be challenging to work with when it comes to CNC machines. However, Metals1aluminum is one metal that is very easy to work with. It is extremely durable, can be recycled, and is easy to cut through. Aluminum is one metal that many CNC machine owners choose to work with. Certain metals require specific bits to make the cutting process easier as well depending on the thickness or toughness of the metal. Metals such as brass or bronze can be used on CNC machines but they are not as easy to work with as aluminum. Metal has a very distinct and shiny appearance, making most metal projects appear clean cut and sharp.

CNC machines have a wide variety of materials that can be used with them, allowing owners to create and design with very little limitation.


CNC Technologies to Look For at IMTS 2016

CNC machiningThe 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show is just a few months away, and with registration now open more and more information is flooding in about who – and what – will be exhibited in Chicago this September.

Some of the highlights include:

NUM

NUM plans to demonstrate what they are calling, “an exciting new development in CNC hardware and software technology,” at IMTS this year. This is expected to be the first public showing of their new NUMmill control solution, which is expected to draw plenty of attention from the CNC community.

Tsugami/Rem Sales

Tsguami/Rem Sales will be introducing four new machines at IMTS. This state-of-the-art booth will include the SS207-5AC LaserSwiss (a CNC lathe that combines Swiss style CNC machining and laser cutting in one) and the P034H, which is designed for micro machining.

Heidenhain

Heidenhain will be highlighting its newest motion control developments, as well as its latest line of CNC machines at this year’s IMST. They will also be hosting a presentation on advanced CNC control capabilities.

GF Machining Solutions

GF Machining Solutions will be focusing their booth on the process of electrical discharge machining (EDM). Their machines offer advanced touchscreen controls and unique capabilities that can eliminate the variables related to thermal expansion and contraction.

Other Highlights

On top of the many exhibits available for viewing, there are also endless seminars for you and your employees to take part in. According to Peter R. Eelman, vice president of exhibitions and business development for the Association for Manufacturing Technology, “These conferences provide opportunities to stay on the leading edge of technology, a core mission of IMTS.”

With business enhancement being focused on throughout the entirety of the show, specific technologies like Additive Manufacturing, Industrial Lasers and Integrated Industries, will be covered on specific days.

We at CNC Masters are excited to see what is in store at IMTS 2016, and look forward to sharing more information about CNC advancements with our customers as it becomes available.

For individuals looking to expand their CNC machining shop, we are proud to offer high quality machines at affordable prices. To learn more about how we can help your business, contact us by phone at 626-962-9300.


Three Great Up-and-Coming Machining Innovations

machining innovationsManufacturing businesses and machine shops often use a combination of newer technologies and older but proven tools. Many times, newer tools are actually improvements on older models that have already proven their value to the industry. The industry continues to innovate, however, and bring new tools and technologies to market. Here are three great up-and-coming machining innovations to keep an eye on, according to American Machinist.

Vero-S Setup Cart

Keeping track of unused module height extensions, clamping devices and mounting screws can prove to be a challenge. Worse, even if they are all stored together, they may not be easily accessible when and where they are needed. The Vero-S setup cart from Schunk attempts to solve this problem. The cart is a wheeled organizer that features removable trays and extending drawers, and can be configured to meet an individual user’s needs. The drawers can hold almost 400 pounds and the top tray can hold nearly 900 pounds.

Polycrystalline Diamond Drill Insert

Drilling in carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer can be hard on tools. The new polycrystalline diamond (PCD) T-A Drill insert from Allied Machine & Engineering aims to fix this. The T-A Drill is designed with a replaceable tip that prevents needing to replace the entire tool. These drill inserts are designed to perform on abrasive and strong materials like CFRP-titanium stacks, chipboard, fiberglass, magnesium, aluminum, copper and titanium, making them highly versatile for applications in both automotive and aerospace industries, reports American Machinist.

Constant pH Cutting Fluid

Cutting fluid technology is also experiencing innovative developments, as seen with the introduction of Castrol’s Hysol SL 35 XBB and Alusol SL 51 XBB. Whereas traditional cutting fluid often requires the use of biocides and treatment additives to maintain stability, these new fluids from Castrol are stable longer than other cutting fluids and can maintain a stable pH of 9.0 to 9.5. In turn, this also protects from changes in acidity that can lead to expensive system repairs or a need to fully flush fluid systems.

CNC Masters has earned a reputation for offering the most affordable, high-quality CNC machines. Our great prices on innovative machining equipment have allowed a number of entrepreneurs and small businesses to successfully get their start in manufacturing. To learn more about how we can help your business get the right tools at the right price, contact us by phone at 626-962-9300.


Section 179: Incentives for Investing in Your Business

Congress stilled the winds that blew Section 179 limits up and down during the past few years by enacting the newly minted Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act in December 2015. Deep within the 233 pages of legislation are provisions related to the extension and modification of bonus depreciation and Section 179 expensing. But why are we talking about this seemingly obscure tidbit of tax code?

We understand if government-ese makes you glaze over, so let’s spell out how exactly this PATH Act did small businesses like yours a favor and how you can use the changes to invest in your business by purchasing that new equipment or software your budget couldn’t otherwise cover.

The PATH Act – what does that mean for you? We found a lot of answers, and some of them are very pleasant surprises.

To start, your business can qualify if it purchases, finances and/or leases less than $2 million in new or used business equipment during 2016. The equipment in question must be used for more than 50 percent of the time to qualify for the Section 179.

In a nutshell, Section 179 of the IRS Tax Code allows your business to deduct – for the current tax year – the full purchase price of financed or leased equipment and off-the-shelf software that qualifies for the deduction.

There are rules and caveats, of course, but they’re actually fairly generous.

The equipment purchased, financed or leased – yes, financed and leased acquisitions qualify as well! – must be within the specified dollar limits of the legislation, and the equipment must be put into service between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of the tax year that the deduction is being taken. For 2016, that specified dollar limit is $500,000. There’s a spending cap for each year – for 2016, you can’t exceed $2,000,000 in purchases, leases or financed funds – making this a bona fide small-business deduction.

The PATH legislation also reinstated the 50 percent bonus depreciation on new equipment purchases, and it provides adjustment for future inflation. This allows business to write off the depreciation of new purchased equipment at 50 percent during the first year instead of the standard depreciation calculation.

If you’re perplexed by the difference between bonus depreciation and Section 179 deduction, you’re not alone. In fact, there’s an entire website dedicated to this complex legislation and how it applies to our field.

According to Section179.org, the most important difference is both new and used equipment qualify for Section 179 deduction, while bonus depreciation covers new equipment only. Bonus depreciation is useful to very large businesses spending more than whatever Section 179’s spending limit is for that year. Also, businesses with a net loss in a given tax year qualify to carry-forward the bonus depreciation to a future year. When applying these provisions, Section 179 deductions are generally taken first, followed by bonus depreciation, unless the business has no taxable profit in the given tax year.

The Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), a membership organization of construction equipment dealers, also offers a succinct, clear outline and Q&A on the most salient aspects of increased Section 179 expensing and the depreciation bonus. AED made its guide public with the understanding that the information is provided as a public service to equipment purchasers and that it not be construed as tax advice or as a promise of potential tax savings or reduced tax liability.

Here’s AED’s at-a-glance rundown:

– Under the PATH Act, 50 percent bonus depreciation is in effect for 2015, 2016 and 2017. For 2018, the depreciation bonus amount is 40 percent. For 2019, it is 30 percent.

– Helps businesses that buy new equipment cut their tax bill by allowing them to depreciate (“write off”) more of the cost the equipment in the year it is purchased.

– Applies, among other things, to purchases of tangible personal property (including construction, mining, forestry and agricultural equipment) with a Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) recovery period of 20 years or less.

– Applies to new equipment only (“original use” must occur with the taxpayer claiming bonus depreciation).

– Equipment must be purchased and placed in service in the year in which the taxpayer is claiming the bonus.

– In lieu of claiming bonus depreciation, companies may instead elect to accelerate alternative minimum tax (AMT) credits.

– Discretionary: Taxpayer need not claim the depreciation bonus.

Now that you’re inspired, feel free to call us here at CNC Masters at 626-962-9300 or email us at sales@cncmasters.com. We’ll help you choose the piece of equipment you’ve been waiting for, because there really is no better time to buy than in 2016!