CNC machines, regardless of how big or small they might be, are still machines.
They consist of sharp and hard pieces that could easily injure someone if use inappropriately. Using a CNC machine could be dangerous if you did not use the machine properly.
In order to protect yourself and the people around you, it’s important to understand how to operate CNC machines safely.
A lot of CNC safety precautions apply when you are using any form of machinery. For instance, you should always be wearing protective glasses when operating your CNC machine. You should also be using hearing protection while using a CNC machine as well. Even if you are experienced, these simple safety measures can protect you from short-term and long-term injuries.
In order to keep others safe, it is important that you are cleaning up after yourself after you use the CNC machine.
Whether you have a home workshop or you are working in a crowded space, it is vital that you clean up scraps of materials from the floor and surrounding area. Someone could easily fall on a scrap piece of wood or slip on sawdust: prevent accidents by simply cleaning messes when you leave.
You also should be keeping a safe distance between yourself and the bit at all times.
Leaving six inches of space will allow you to be close enough to work but far enough away to prevent your hand or your body from getting injured by being too close.
Although this tip might be considered common sense, you should never leave the room while operating a CNC machine.
Although machines can operate alone, you should always be within sight of the machine incase an issue surfaced.
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When it comes to your CNC machines, you probably know the ins and outs of operation, but have you ever looked into their cleaning? Many individuals forget the importance of regular cleaning or get swept up in the excitement of everyday work, allowing this task to fall to the wayside.
We at CNC Masters would like to bring cleaning back to the forefront of your attention for a minute, reminding you of just how important it is to clean all components of your CNC machines on a regular (we recommend weekly) basis. Why? We have listed a few of the most important reasons below.
Your machines are used to cut through some tough materials, and because of this, they are going to experience a lot of everyday wear and tear. Just think of how much of a mess the metal shavings, cutting fluids and oils can make of your shop floor! Regular cleaning is just one way to help extend the lifetime of your machines. Prevent grit and grime from building up – both on their exteriors and interiors – to help ensure longevity.
Clean machining parts will give you the best possible results, helping to ensure that the products you make are the best that they can be. Regular cleaning will also allow you to check machining components often, helping to ensure you notice parts that need replacing or adjusting – instead of finding out when your machine breaks down.
A clean machining shop is a safe one, and this motto should apply to your machines themselves, as well as the tools and surfaces around them. Weekly cleaning will keep your fleet of CNC machines in top shape, preventing potential injuries and break downs.
For businesses, teachers and hobbyists looking for high quality CNC products at competitive prices, CNC Masters is the place to shop. Review our catalog online or give us a call at 626-962-9300 for assistance finding the right products to suit your particular needs.