What is CNC Machining? According to American Machinist, machining is a form of subtractive manufacturing, where a collection of material-working processes utilizing power-driven machine tools, such as saws, lathes, milling machines, and drill presses, are used with a sharp cutting tool to physically remove material to achieve a desired geometry.
CNC machining involves machining with Computer Numeric Control. This allows a programmer to program commands to the machine to automatically choose tooling and machine a part based upon a Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) files.
- CNC Vertical Machining Center’s tooling is positioned straight down. This allows for the tool to machine a part across its surface. VIP also has several High Speed CNC Vertical Machining Centers that allow us to easily accomplish drill, tap, bore, and mill.
- CNC Horizontal Machining Center’s tooling sticks out of the side of the tooling holder which allows for the tooling to machine the sides of a part. This allows for the tool to machine a part across its surface.
- CNC Turning allows for the part to rotate while the tooling is traversed along 2 axes of motion and cuts through the rotating surface to the desired outcome.
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