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CNC MILLING INSIGHTS & TRENDS

Find The Hobby Milling Machine For You

June 1st, 2021

Everyone has a different hobby.  Some prefer to unwind and relax completely – a simple movie on the couch, or a bit of sports on the TV. Others prefer something a bit more strenuous. They might take up running, or cycling, or even just long walks or rambles. Other people prefer to do something creative…. Read more »

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A Day In The Life Of A CNC Machine Operator

May 29th, 2021

As CNC machine tools become increasingly common in the world of manufacturing, more and more jobs advertise for CNC operators, or sometimes CNC machinists. What exactly do those positions require? What is a CNC machine operator, and what do they do on a daily basis? This article looks at the definition of a CNC operator… Read more »

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Horizontal vs Vertical Milling Machines

April 28th, 2021

In the modern metal fabrication industry, milling is a popular process that offers skilled tradespeople a way of shaping and cutting materials expertly. It’s used to produce some of the most common and vital products we use every day. In this article, we’ll look at horizontal milling machines and vertical milling machines, comparing the two… Read more »

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5 Popular DIY CNC Router Projects For 2021

December 28th, 2020

CNC wood routers are the woodcarving kings, capable of turning a piece of wood into nearly anything you can imagine. And thanks to the huge improvements in CNC technology, and a dramatic increase in the availability of these machines, more people than ever before can own and operate a CNC wood router. If you’re one… Read more »

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A Complete Guide To CNC Cutting

December 13th, 2020

Beginning in the 1950s, engineers began to experiment with Computer Numerical Control (CNC) technology. CNC uses a digitized control system to automate operations. Trained CNC operators program a tool with a set of instructions, ordering the machine to move to specific locations and perform set tasks.  CNC technology revolutionized subtractive manufacturing, vastly increasing the precision… Read more »

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10 Ways the Manufacturing Industry will Change in 2021

October 11th, 2020

2020 brought changes to the manufacturing industry that few, if any, foresaw; a global pandemic, a trade war, a pressing need for employees to work from home. Barring any ability to foresee the future, what can we assume about the changes 2021 will bring? In this article, we’ll look at ten ways the manufacturing industry… Read more »

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Machine Software and CNC: What It Is, What It Does, and How It Is Used

October 3rd, 2020

A common bit of advice, from experienced machinists to beginners, it to “budget as much for tooling as for your machine.” What is the “tooling” those machinists refer to? It’s the vises, holders, grips, cutters, tool heads, drawbars, and generally all of the pieces necessary to let your CNC machine do its job. A CNC… Read more »

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CNC Conversion Kits: Why And When They Are A Good Option

October 1st, 2020

Machine tools, like most equipment in the modern age, have both improved and gotten a bit smaller over the years. Modern lathes and mills have come a long way from the giant, room-sized machines of the Industrial Revolution. While you can still find room-sized machines in large factories and high-end production facilities, you’re also more… Read more »

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The History Of CNC Lathe Machines

May 13th, 2020

Today, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) forms a crucial part of the manufacturing process, able to producing components precisely and repetitively with ease. Computer numerical control is more of a contemporary concept in the production and manufacturing industries. But CNC harkens its idea back to the numerical control basics. Prior to the lathe getting computerized, the… Read more »

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18 Must-Have CNC Furniture Design Resources For Your Next Project

April 22nd, 2020

Neatly-designed chairs, intricate patterns on tables, unique carvings on beds, spiral staircases spanning 3 stories, bookcases with the Swedish aesthetic – all of these look visually perfect, but have you ever wondered just how manufacturers design and build such beautiful masterpieces? How do they concept designs that make customers fall in love at first sight?… Read more »