Published at Friday, September 07th 2018. by Lou Russo in Milling Machines.
Basically, the CNC milling machine can operate completely on its own once the program has been written and downloaded to the machine. The operator will only have to get the machine set up with the right tools for the job and get the material into the proper position. From there, as they say, the rest is history. The machine will not stop until the complete program has been run through and the product is finished based upon what the program says. This will allow the operator to tend to other jobs or machines in the meantime.
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.
Once all of the axes were in union with one another, very complicated geometries are able to be made easily with this kind of machine. However, the ability to program the complicated geometry is beyond the most operators' ability. For that reason, 5-axis mill machines at all time is programmed by the CAM.
Be sure that you understand the benefits of having CNC milling machines before you start purchasing them.
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.
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