CNC Machine Basics

CNC Machine Basics

Variables on the operation of CNC laser cutter machines will vary from one CNC type to another. CNC machines are available is several different types. Anything from lathe machines to water jet machines, so the mechanics of each different machine will be different; however, the basics work primarily for all the different CNC machine types.

CNC machine basics should be called benefits. The benefits of a CNC laser cutter machine are the same for each machine as it is for every company who owns one. Computer-aided technology is a wonderful thing. A CNC machine offers that benefit to its owners. Intervention by the worker is needed less, as the machine does all of the work once the software is programmed to the specifications desired. The machine will continue to run until the process is complete, all completely unmanned. This frees up the worker to perform other tasks if necessary.

CNC laser cutter machines offer these benefits:

o Fewer mistakes caused by human error
o Consistent machining each and every time
o Precise machining each and every time
o Reduced operator fatigue, if any at all
o Frees up the operator to perform other tasks
o Speeds up production
o Reduces waste
o Skill levels to operate machine is lower (must know how to program the software)

Overall here’s just a few of the benefits that CNC machines have to offer. Keep in mind that the benefits are also relative to the type of CNC machine that’s being operated and the tooling it’s equipped with.

CNC Machine Basics

Switching from the production of one product to another is very simple and can save the business a lot of time. In the past it could have taken a day to several days to set a machine up to make the proper cuts that are needed for the order. Now, with the CNC machines, set up time is drastically reduced. It’s pretty much as simple as loading a different software program.

CNC laser cutter machines operate not only through a computer software program; they are motion controlled and operate on several different axis’ depending upon the type of the machine. The CNC lathe machine operates on the X and Y axis unlike the 5 axis machines that are now available on the market. The more axes that the machine operates on, the more delicate and precise the cuts; the more creative you can become in your projects, and the more you can offer fabrication services. The CNC machines can pretty much do it all without human intervention other than through the use of the computer software.

No more hand wheels and joy sticks causing the motion those most machining tools require. Now, the computer, through the software program, instructs the machine on what exactly to do and the machine continues to perform until the specifications or guidelines have been reached, upon which time it discontinues operation for that sheet of material. The human intervention that is needed with a CNC laser cutter machine is the programming. Programming for the machines is written in sentence like structures that are in G-code. This code tells the different axis’ what to do and completely controls all aspects of the laser cutter machine.

Alternatively, many shops also utilize a laser cutter along with their cnc router.  They are typically easier to operate and offer much greater precision.  If you’re interested check out the laser cutting retailer: Boss Lasers.