CNC Routing (Computer Numerical Control) machines are used extensively in the manufacturing industry today and in many cases have replaced traditional machinery such as vertical millers, centre lathes and shaping machines. The benefits of using CNC Routing machines are numerous and include:
- The ability to programme the machines with a design that can be duplicated thousands of times and with every product being identical.
- No matter how skilled a craftsman might be, there will be slight variances in how a product is made if done manually. CNC routing eliminates these variances and makes the product identical every time.
- CNC machines can easily be updated with new software.
- Advanced software can enable CNC machines to produce products that would be impossible to make manually.
- CNC machines are low maintenance and can be used for extensive periods of time without the need for stopping.
- Several CNC machines can be supervised at once because once they are programmed they can run on their own without intervention.
- Whilst operating a CNC router requires particular skills, you don’t have to be a highly experienced engineer to operate one.
- CNC machines are very versatile and a variety of materials can be cut including plywood, MDF, Corian, Nylons, PTFE, Light alloys, Signage and Building Cladding materials such as Aluminium Composite.
- The ability to carve and engrave 3D images onto woods, materials and plastics
A CNC router can be used in the production of a variety of different items such as door carvings, interior and exterior decorations, sign boards, wood panels, wooden frames, mouldings, musical instruments, theatrical sets, retail signage and much more.
The flexibility and speed of CNC routing makes it a highly cost effective, accurate and efficient way of mass producing items and this is why it is in wide demand throughout the manufacturing industry.