In some cases CNC punching may offer a more viable and cost-effective alternative to laser profiling.
CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control. A computer ‘controller’ reads G-code instructions and drives a machine tool, a powered mechanical device typically used to fabricate components by the selective removal of material.
CNC does numerically directed interpolation of a cutting tool in the work envelope of a machine. The operating parameters of the CNC can be altered via software load programme.
A CNC machine can be programmed to perform many kinds of machining operations. Additionally, a series of CNC machines can be combined into one station (or ‘cell’) to progressively machine a part that requires several operations.
CNC punching machines have lower capital cost than lasers. They use less power and don’t require cutting gases. Punching can also produce a large number of similar holes or slots much faster, and not all jobs require the fine edge finish of a laser.
Our CNC machines are controlled directly from CAM software enabling a part or assembly to go direct from design to manufacturing without the need for a draft paper drawing. CNC does numerically directed interpolation of a cutting tool in the work envelope of a machine.
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