When businesses have to rely on third-party manufacturing companies to make specialized parts for their products, the cost of outsourcing can add up fast. It can also slow down the production process and increase the chance of supply chain issues. In some cases, a business might need to increase the price of its products to offset the cost of having another company make parts for them.
That’s why many companies choose to invest in their own milling machines that allow them to make custom parts in-house. By making this one-time investment, manufacturers can streamline their operations and ultimately save a great deal of time and money in the long run.
Modern automated milling machines, called CNC mills, use computer-aided design (CAD) software to create specialized parts. In fact, just about any type of part can be made using CNC milling machines, from aluminum engine components to decorative wood features for pieces of furniture. Computer-generated templates allow parts to be precisely machined and replicated to a designer’s exact specifications. If you don’t want to design your own parts, you can even download open source designs from the Internet and tailor them to your unique needs.
CNC machines are available in several different styles and configurations.
Small machines can be bench mounted, while larger machines are free standing. Some milling machines can also be manually operated in cases where you need to make individual parts by hand. These types of mills are particularly useful for small companies or hobbyists that don’t always need to use the automated CAD functions. If you haven’t used CAD software in the past, we also offer a series of video tutorials to help teach you the ins and outs of our custom CNC Machine Master MX software.
Interested in learning more about the milling machines we offer at CNC Masters? Give us a call or contact us online to schedule an appointment today!