A Vertical Milling Machine Can Save Space in Your Shop

Although there are many different CNC mills on the market, they typically fall into two broad categories—vertical CNC machines and horizontal CNC machines. Another, less common type of CNC machine is the universal CNC machine, which converts from a vertical mill to a horizontal mill, offering the best qualities of both types of machine in… Read more »

Accessories Available for Your CNC Milling Machine

These days, CNC mills aren’t only found in industrial machine shops. They’re available to craftspeople and other non-professionals as well. Entry-level models are affordable, easy to learn and remarkably user-friendly. They can also be augmented with a number of useful accessories. Many CNC operators invest in handheld remote controls, for example. These tools allow operators… Read more »

CNC Turning is Great for Precision Metalwork

Because of their durability and strength, metals must undergo a series of processes to transform them into usable products. One such procedure is called turning. In turning, a metal rod is rotated while a tool situated on a parallel axis is used to cut the metal surface. Although this process was traditionally carried out with… Read more »

Essential Features to Expect From a CNC Desktop Lathe

The CNC desktop lathe is the natural extension of larger, freestanding CNC machines. Despite its size, a desktop lathe can still perform many of the same functions that larger units can, albeit at a smaller scale. These machines are also usually designed with powerful control technology built in, and they typically feature the same components… Read more »

An Introduction to Modern CNC Lathes

The basic idea of the lathe—a tool that combines rotation and cutting to smooth and shape materials—is thousands of years old. There is even evidence that the Romans and other ancient cultures used lathes as far back as the third century BC. Modern lathes, including computer numerical controlled lathes, or CNC lathes, bring new power and… Read more »

A Brief History of CNC Machining Innovations

CNC machining is a process that has been in use since the 1950s, when John T. Parsons collaborated with the MIT Servomechanisms Laboratory to develop a new type of milling device. Numerically Controlled (NC) technology preceded Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) technology. NC machines utilized hardwired operating parameters so that the millers could only use one machine… Read more »

The 1440 CNC Lathe: Built for the Modern Machinist

Before the invention of computer numerical controlled lathes such as the CNC Masters 1440 Lathe, machinists needed a lot of skill and patience because everything was done by hand. The process was tedious and required great stamina. Because the operation was entirely manual, it was also much more prone to errors. Coupling lathes with computers… Read more »

CNC Machining Reduces Scrap Material and Increases Efficiency

CNC machining involves the use of computer software to produce precisely-machined parts. Because the machine’s mill is controlled by a computer, CNC production is far more accurate and efficient compared to traditional, hand-controlled machines. These machines are capable of interpreting digital instructions from their CNC software programs, and then translating these instructions into carefully-controlled milling… Read more »

Using a CNC Table Top Lathe

A CNC table top lathe is practically identical larger CNC machines, only on a smaller scale. Basically, the table top versions of these lathes were specifically designed for turning parts six inches in diameter or less. In many cases, a small tabletop lathe is actually more versatile than larger alternatives thanks to its powerful threading… Read more »