So, you’ve decided to take the next step along your machining career? Or maybe you’re ready to up your hobbyist game and tackle some next-level projects. To help you make the best choice, we’ve compiled a guide to help you find the perfect machine for your needs. A CNC router is a computer-controlled version of a handheld
The world of woodworking is a world of its own. You’ll find different terms and different machines when it comes to cutting wood as opposed to cutting metals. Some tools can be used on both – some lathes and milling machines are easily adapted to both materials. But woodworking carries some terminology that can be
Interested in a machinist career but not sure where to start? Train to be a machinist at one of these top programs and join a rapidly-expanding field with nearly-limitless possibilities. What is a machinist? A machinist is one of the classic blue-collar jobs. A machinist is any person who operates advanced machine tools as part
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.
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
When you think about common applications for a CNC machine, the first thing that comes to mind is probably an industrial setting such as a woodshop or auto parts manufacturer. In a woodshop, a CNC lathe might be used to create a series of balusters for a staircase or legs for a set of dining room chairs.
In the beginning, there was CNC. Shortly afterward, 3D printing came along and machining hasn’t been the same since. That might be a slight over-simplification, but it isn’t too far off. Both CNC machining and 3D printing are mechanical processes to machine a workpiece into a desired shape or part, but they both work in
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
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
Everyone wants to combine their hobby with their business, do what they love, and get paid for it. That is much easier said than done, however, especially when it comes to the competitive world of CNC machining. So if you’re asking yourself if you should buy a CNC machine to make some money, perhaps you