Published at Saturday, September 08th 2018. by Earlene Walter in Milling Machines.
Milling machines can be controlled through various different means. They can be operated manually. They can be digitally operated. They can be mechanically automated. They can even be operated through a computer system which is also known as computer numeric controlled (CNC).
At one time the machines were quite expensive to purchase and to operate. Now, because of the declination in the cost of computers and the availability of free operating systems, the CNC milling machines have dropped to more affordable prices. This has allowed many more shops to take advantage of this type of technology and has caused more competition in the machining industry. The shops now usually specialize in the type of work that they do.
CNC milling machines can eliminate a lot of the manual labor for you. The CNC machine is controlled through a computer software program. The computer tells the machine exactly what to do by the way the software program is written. CNC machines are operated on several different axes and the software program has to written to accommodate the different axis. In other words, if the Z axis is left out in the software program, the machine will not move up and down. The computer software program is essentially the brain of the machine.
CNC machining centers are also available in job shops - It is not necessary that a manufacturer has to machine components on their own. In most cases, they would outsource specific tasks - i.e. tasks which involved CNC milling process, to CNC service providers.
There is a variety of different tools that can be used with this type of machinery. In the US, the most common CNC miller tooling is the CAT tooling; however, now a better alternative called BT tooling as raised the bar. BT tooling can be easily confused with CAT, so be careful.
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