CNC Enthusiasts Use Their Machining Skills to Customize Apple Cards

September 20th, 2019

Apple is known for its pared-down design aesthetic, and the new Apple Card is no exception. The recently-launched credit card is a simple, white-coated piece of titanium, laser etched with a glimmering Apple logo and the customer’s name. It’s a perfect example of the brand’s signature minimalist industrial design. However, some users see the card… Read more »

Cut Your CNC Manufacturing Costs with These Tips

August 14th, 2019

Thanks to their ability automate machining processes and make them highly repeatable, CNC mills have helped to significantly reduce manufacturing costs in a wide variety of industries. That said, there are additional steps machine shops can take to reduce their CNC machining costs even further. Today we’ll consider a few tips to help companies cut… Read more »

Achieve Tight Machining Tolerances With These Helpful Tips

July 29th, 2019

So, you’ve reviewed the drawing with the engineers and designers. You’ve verified the dimensions and double and triple-checked the features. You’ve asked the team if they have any flexibility. You’ve explored every option, but alas that +/-0.0005 tolerance (or tighter sometimes) is correct. Now, you have to make the part. Here are some tips for… Read more »

A Brief Explanation of Electrical Discharge Machining

July 3rd, 2019

Electrical Discharge Machining is a high precision machining process that uses electricity to cut metals. In fact, the metal being cut is never touched by a tool at all. Instead, a high-frequency electrical discharge basically disintegrates the metal to make a cut. EDM involves molecular process that can be difficult to envision, so to help… Read more »

How Has CNC Machining Changed the Manufacturing Industry?

June 24th, 2019

Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machining has been around since the 1940s. These days, with the help of computer aid design (CAD), high-speed automation and advanced production capabilities, CNC machining is a fully-integrated manufacturing technology. Since its introduction nearly 80 years ago, CNC machining has become a critical part of technology development. Let’s look at the… Read more »

Notable Differences Between CNC Turning and CNC Milling

June 6th, 2019

Milling and turning are everyday operations in a machine shop. Both techniques use a cutting tool to remove material from a solid block to make 3D parts. Removing material is what classifies them as subtractive manufacturing processes, but there are key differences to these operations. Turning is an operation for a lathe. The name ‘turning’… Read more »

Unique Advantages of Subtractive Manufacturing

May 27th, 2019

Additive manufacturing, better known as 3D Printing, first started in the 1980s. Back then, it was a novelty concept reserved for advanced engineering research laboratories. In the 1990s, 3D printing made waves in the medical arena thanks to its ability to create custom medical devices. By the early 2000s, the open-source movement brought 3D printing… Read more »

Essential Tips for Machining Aluminum Components

April 30th, 2019

Common complaints among people new to machining Aluminum alloys include poor surface finish, gummy deposits on cut faces or tool edges, and a smeared appearance. All materials have different properties that require adjustments and care to achieve the optimal finishes. Aluminum is a soft and ductile metal that has high thermal conductivity. The former means… Read more »

Up in Flames: Fire Precautions for Milling Combustible Materials

April 24th, 2019

Flint on steel coupled with some easily-combustible kindling makes for a cozy fire. That combination is just one of the tricks up a scout’s sleeve for survival. However, that same formula can spell trouble when milling woods, plywood, or even plastics. Fast-moving metal tools cutting against combustible materials can result in a not-so-cozy fire on… Read more »

Benefits Of The CNC MAX Milling Machine

March 27th, 2019

At CNC Masters, we’re proud to produce some of the some of the best tabletop milling machines on the market. One of these tabletop machines, however, is a different breed from the rest. The CNC MAX sets itself apart from the pack with its versatility and ease of operation. The CNC MAX tabletop milling machine… Read more »