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 for one specific type of cut. This meant that if a miller wanted to use three different cuts, that miller had to have three different machines.
Once CNC machines became commercially available, milling technology advanced rapidly, giving millers the ability to cut complex curves as simply and easily as they would with straight lines. Furthermore, CNC automation enabled manufactures to duplicate products countless times with great accuracy. CNC automation also allowed for more flexibility in the way machines held parts in the manufacturing process, and reduced the time required to change the machine to produce different components.
Today, more than 60 years after they were invented, CNC machines have become a staple of modern manufacturing equipment.
From sculptors to automotive designers, these machines have been employed by craftspeople for a wide variety of applications. CNC Mills are more accessible and affordable than ever, and the software that powers them has come a long way as well. At CNC Masters, we offer our own Master MX Software that’s designed to make the CNC machining process as easy and intuitive as possible. With a clear visual interface and straightforward functionality, this software is much easier to use than more primitive CNC programs.
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