CNC Product Reviews & Testimonials

Here are just a few examples of what our satisfied customers are saying about our CNC Milling products. These are REAL PICS from REAL CUSTOMERS who have generously gone out of their way to take and send to us to show what they are machining with their CNC MASTERS Milling Machine.


Ridiculously Unique CNC Projects

Whether you have a CNC machine at a wCNC toporkshop within your home or you are in the business of CNC, you should know the incredible things that these machines can do outside of what we typically use them for.

Although some of the unique projects people create might not ever serve a true “purpose,” it’s awesome to see what they are capable of creating.  Check out some of our favorite home CNC machine projects below.

Spinning Top

CNC machines can create items with a precision that could never be replicated by hand. This precision is important when it comes to making highly delicate and important pieces of machinery, for example a spinning top. You can use a CNC machine to create a top that will spin so precisely that you’ll start to notice the spots on your countertop that aren’t completely flat!

Yo-Yo

Speaking of precision, in order to yo-yo well, (although it’s important to practice) you really need a well-made yo-yo. You can create a perfect yo-yo using a CNC machine, and you’ll be able to master the art with minimal effort and plenty of grace.

Jewelry

With Mother’s Day approaching, you have to start thinking about what you might give to the leading ladies in your life. Jewelry is always a no-fail gift and you can create your own with a CNC machine which is guaranteed to mean even more. Picture this: geometric patterns etched and carved onto rings, watches, bracelets, and more.

CNC machines are obviously an important part of many businesses and create many of the items we use on a daily basis. However, if you know what you’re doing and you have the time to spend with one, they can create unique items that make great gifts or gadgets to have around.

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Additive Manufacturing: Better than Machining?

additive manufacturingAdditive manufacturing, the metal version of 3D printing with plastics, has been receiving a lot of attention lately. But how does additive manufacturing compare with traditional CNC machining?

Additive manufacturing works by building up multiple layers, each only a few thousandths of an inch thick, until the final product is completed. It is essentially the opposite of traditional machining, which starts with a block of material and then removes excess to result in the desired product.

There are some advantages to additive manufacturing. For example, this process can be a good choice for highly detailed parts or products. Additive manufacturing can also be useful when a high volume of design iteration is anticipated.

However, additive manufacturing is still a newer technology, and creating new metallics from scratch is a slower process, adding time to the production run versus CNC manufacturing.

CNC machining, by contrast, cuts away excess material from an original block rather than building up an object layer by layer. To compare the two technologies, CNC is most akin to a potter’s wheel, where a single lump of clay is refined through shaping and trimming to a final form. Additive manufacturing, however, takes small pieces of clay, slowly working them together to a finished product.

Despite the fact that it is the older technology, CNC machining has a number of advantages over additive manufacturing. To start, CNC is much faster than additive manufacturing. The difference is noticeable on a single cycle, but is significant when considering multiple objects. CNC can also be used with many different materials unlike additive manufacturing which, by contrast, is used mostly with plastics and some metals. CNC is most commonly associated with metals, but can also be used with plastics, wax, wood and more.

So which process is better? While both processes are computer controlled and are capable of producing high-quality products, the bottom line is that additive manufacturing does not yet compete with CNC for most applications.

In most cases – especially anything involving large-scale production – CNC remains the dominant choice for speed and efficiency.

However, for intricate detail and precision detailing, additive manufacture can offer some distinct advantages. At the end of the day, the question may not be which is better, but instead which is the best choice for a specific application, with products requiring both technologies in tandem to create a finished part or item.

CNC Masters has been helping hobbyists and business owners take their machining to the next level since 1990. Our CNC milling machines are designed to meet the needs of a variety of users, including those who need a mill with a small footprint. Contact us today at 626-962-9300 to find out how we can help you achieve your manufacturing goals.