What You Need to Know About CNC Machines

What is a CNC Machine? CNC stands for Computer Numeric Control. Sounds complicated, but it isn't. Years ago, it was just NC, or Numeric Control. Since, they've added computers to control the machine.

A drill press is the simplest definition. A drill press is a machine that drills holes. Before you can drill the hole you need to remove the chuck, insert the right drill bit and drill the hole in the proper place. This can be tedious and exhausting, especially if you have to do it manually. 

All of the drilling can now be automated with the CNC machine. You need to be exact when machining, regardless of whether you are using a CNC lathe, milling machine, or both. These parts are machinable by computers. A CNC programmer may sometimes become bored by watching the machine do the work.

There is more programming required for the machine than one might think. Operators must enter a series of instructions. It takes about 50 words to program the machine.

What are the uses of a CNC machine? This tool can be used in manufacturing for drilling, milling, boring, reaming and counter boring. A CNC turning center can groove or thread parts. There may be several configurations available, including CNC lathes and CNC drill and tap areas, CNC milling or CNC grinding.