What is CNC Machining
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining is a manufacturing process in which pre-programmed computer software dictates the movement of factory tools and machinery. The process can be used to control a range of complex machinery, from grinders and lathes to mills and routers. With CNC machining, three-dimensional cutting tasks can be accomplished in a single set of prompts.
The CNC process supersedes the limitations of manual control, where live operators are needed to prompt and guide the commands of machining tools via levers, buttons and wheels. When a CNC system is activated, the desired cuts are programmed into the software and dictated to corresponding tools and machinery, which carry out the dimensional tasks as specified.
The main benefit of the process is that CNC will produce parts that can replace the additive manufactured prototypes with true production grade materials. This method allows parts to be fabricated in the featured material that is intended for use in production. CNC machining is the best choice for rapid manufacturing of high-quality metal and plastic parts requiring the greatest degree of dimensional accuracy, critical surface finishes, and material-specific properties.
In today’s CNC protocols, the production of parts via pre-programmed software is mostly automated. The dimensions for a given part are set into place with computer-aided design (CAD) software and then converted into an actual finished product with computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software. The CNC process allows for consistency in parts production that would be difficult, if not impossible, to replicate manually.
CNC Machining Capabilities
HFW Solutions offers the most complete compliment of precision CNC machining capabilities under one roof in North America. Some advantages of CNC Machining are:
- Improves machining accuracy
- Enables complex tasks in detail
- Creates flexibility in manufacturing
- Increases safety
- Boosts production volume
- Reduces setup-changeover time
CNC machining creates virtually any component you can imagine. Some of the models include special features and accessories that further expedite and simplify the production process. At HFW Solutions, we are 3-axis and 5-axis capable. With the ability for rapid prototyping, HFW can machine anything from small parts to large products, with the capacity for large scale production needs.
Defect Free Products
CNC Machining is a manufacturing process in which pre-programmed computer software dictates the movement of factory tools and machinery, eliminating the possibility of human error in any product. At HFW Solutions, our commitment to quality CNC machining is only rivaled by our CNC machine programmers and operators. Our constant commitment to quality and vigorous inspection checks ensure we produce and deliver high quality, conforming parts.
High Production and Scalability
Once the design parameters and specification have been entered into a CNC machine, it consistently executes large quantities and affords flexible scalability. HFW Solutions has used CNC machining to create many types of products from prototyping cold plates, inverter housings, and aerospace structural components to producing over 250,000 small friction stir welding production parts.
When used in tandem with advanced design software, CNC machines create outputs that cannot be replicated by manual machines. Even the most gifted engineers can’t do with conventional machines what advanced software can do with CNC machines. These machines can produce any size, shape or texture needed.