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CNC Careers: What Training As a CNC Machinist Can Do For You

September 11th, 2020

Training as a CNC machinist might seem a bit daunting. There’s a lot to learn, and terms like “g-code programming” or “Cartesian coordinate systems” can sound intimidating. Not to mention that machining itself is a complex and growing field, touching on everything from manufacturing and heavy industry to advanced robotics. Faced with a heavy learning… Read more »

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5 Fast Facts about CNC Milling

September 10th, 2020

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) technology has been around since the 1950s; milling machines date back to the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. Even though neither one is new, there’s still a surprising amount of confusion surrounding what CNC milling is and how it works. Maybe you’ve heard about CNC milling before but aren’t sure… Read more »

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CNC in the Classroom

August 29th, 2020

While large-scale, industrial CNC machines power much of modern-day manufacturing, smaller CNC machines have proven surprisingly versatile in today’s economy. These small machines can be found in local machine shops and home workspaces around the country, but perhaps surprisingly, small CNC machines have also found a natural fit in the classroom setting. CNC machines in… Read more »

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A Simple CNC Maintenance Routine

August 28th, 2020

Purchasing a new CNC machine for your home workshop or small machine shop can give your small business a huge leg up on the competition. You’ve instantly added a high-end machine capable of incredibly precise operations, from one-off prototypes or custom parts to large-scale production runs.  If you’ve been primarily working with lower-end machinery, a… 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 »

Grow Your CNC Machining Business With These Helpful Tips

February 9th, 2020

Ready to turn your hobby into a career and break into the CNC manufacturing industry? Congratulations! Today we’ll offer a few quick tips to help you grow your burgeoning CNC machining business. Find Your Focus Trying to do everything at once is a common rookie mistake. Instead, focus on mastering one method or product at… Read more »

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 »