CNC machining in Phoenix, AZ and beyond allows for more accurate manufacturing and production. The acronym stands for Computer Numerical Control and describes the undertaking of generating a code from a CAD drawing and programming that into a machine so it can perform a task. The result is a process repeated and done the same way each time to create a better quality part or product. These are some of the types of tools that benefit from this development:
- Plasma cutters: The plasma cutter is an efficient way of cutting steel and other metals. The CNC capabilities allow for more precision to create specific shapes or machine parts. Codes created for plasma cutters determine the rate of compressed air as it leaves the torch and controls the electrical arc that cuts the material.
- Lathes: CNC lathes cut items as they are rotated. The code allows for precise cuts that are made quickly on all sides of a piece of material. While this can be done on manual lathes, it is often much more difficult and results in imperfections. Most lathes have two axes but newer models offer additional ones for more advanced jobs.
- Mills: On mills, CNC codes change with the material. There are different instructions for each spindle so they can move to various depths and controls. Most mills use a standardized programming language called G-code which cannot be deciphered by other machines. Mill functions include shoulder milling, drilling, tapping and some turning. The simplest mills have three axes and one or more rotational axes. More complex mills offer four to six axes.
- Electric discharge machining: With this process, a shape is obtained through electrical discharge, better known as sparks. Material changes shape through a series of charges that will go through a wire (wire EDM) or a liquid like oil (sinker EDM). The CNC codes help with the rhythm of the charges and focusing the electrodes where they need to be to cut material.
- Water jet cutters: These are just what they sound like: machines that slice metal or granite through high-velocity water. It is most commonly used for making machine parts for the heavy equipment of the mining and aerospace industries. While this is frequently a powerful tool, it must also be precise, which is where the CNC proves to be an advantage.
- Sheet metal works: Sheet metal frequently undergoes punching and stamping to become a useful end product. Just as with anything subjected to the other tools and processes described above, the method is frequently repetitive and yet requires exactness if the products are to meet industrial or consumer standards.
The advantage of CNC machining in Phoenix, AZ is that it does not get tired or bored like their human counterparts. It allows for the same thing to be done the same way each time, and that increases your product quality. Contact Metal Pro, Inc. today to see what CNC machining and our experienced and knowledgeable team can do for you.