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How CNC Machines Help Power the Medical Industry

July 31st, 2020

The medical industry is notorious for demanding impeccable cleanliness and accuracy. After all, human lives depend on the reliability of medical equipment. For that reason, it’s not difficult to guess why or how CNC machines are responsible for powering the whole industry. The highly precise CNC mills are widely used for machining medical devices. CNC… Read more »

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Why Small CNC Mills Are Popular With DIY Entrepreneurs

July 11th, 2020

The CNC has transitioned from a piece of commercial equipment to a DIY power tool capable of almost anything. As the cost of the average CNC machine continues to decline there are more and more hobbyists bringing them home. And as more creative thinkers invest in CNC machines we see more and more unique products… Read more »

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7 Reasons Owning Your Own Small CNC Machine Makes Total Sense

July 3rd, 2020

A small CNC machine, also referred to as a mini CNC machine, is one of those life-changing additions to your setup that becomes worthwhile right away. Whether it is creating something from scratch or using a template, there are so many possibilities as soon as the machine is in your possession. However, what are some… 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 »

Avoid the Sizzle: Tips to Mitigate Heat Buildup

December 19th, 2018

It is the nature of machining to generate heat. The friction between tool and work piece and the acts of cleaving material with a tool and breaking molecular bonds are, in fact, exothermic processes. However, excessive heat generation can shorten tool life, degrade surface finish, cause workpiece and tool warping, and generate toxic smoke. Follow… Read more »

Improve the Surface Finish of Your CNC Projects With These Tips

December 3rd, 2018

The finishing cut is the last step before a part reaches inspection, and after all the time and effort that goes into making a precision part, it is critical that this final step produces a quality surface finish. Incorporating a few key practices can help prevent the need to scrap parts in this last stage… Read more »