Rapid Prototyping & It’s Advantages

Modern Prototype CNC Machining Processes Available

Starting off with the basic programming of the computers to interpret the instructions given by the operator (read article here) to produce, or construct, part of or a whole piece needed for part of a construction or even a piece designed with art in mind, the computer then uses these instructions to control these precision machines. These are then milled, turned or lathed to the specifics of the an example of prototype cnc machiningset of instructions programmed into it to then create the final piece using prototype CNC machining processes. A fairly recent tool to work with, has developed on an increasingly fast scale due to advancements in our own understanding and developments of software and the writing of software, and the rapid progression of tool developments.

What Are Some Of The Advantages?

Some of the advantages that come with this type of machining is the reduction in errors, as this type of work used to be laborious and time consuming, errors would eventually start to creep in as concentration started to wane on the worker. You get no such issues with using these methods, and precision work is guaranteed as long as the program is tested first, errors only occur at the writing stage of the program. Bulk building of these parts a lot faster than manual labour enables high volume demands to be met with a lot more efficiency, and the creation of bespoke parts that conform to high specifications or to be displayed as part of an exhibition can be produced to clients or user expectations.

  Final Words

This type of machining process has been widely utilised by many industries to increase production, efficiency and quality. There is a real value in looking into using these methods to attain your end goals for what ever the reason,  manufacturing, design or testing.

CNC Programming & Machining

The basics of CNC programming & gear cutting

a CNC gear cutting & machining flow chart

Programming can be a steep learning curve for the beginner, but getting a job as an apprentice is a bit of a cheat sheet into learning how to ‘master’ the programming side of the job so you can start getting your hands on the gear cutting side of the business using companies such as wiseton-industries.com. The one thing you will learn is that programming is one thing, machining is a different monster. The basics of CNC programming are G codes and M codes, these are used to control the machining process when it comes to milling, turning or lathing.

CNC Machining

The console for operating these machines can look like your average PC, but what you can take from this straight away is CNC stands for ‘computer numerical control’, this is how the machines receive their instructions from the controller via the specialised software used in creating manufactured parts. The G codes, which are essentially the machining language for the console, is responsible for controlling the machines speed, rotation, location, feed rate as well as other aspects associated with the machining process. When a code has been developed, it is loaded into a machine where first off it will be run under a test condition, this trial run is commonly referred to as ‘cutting air’ and is a vital step before implementing it’s use on actual parts. The purpose of this test is to prevent damage to the machined parts, scraped, chipped or damage to the actual machine itself, resulting in a failed job.

Advantages for this type of machining

Overall, this type of machining gives the user more control than manual machining and the processes involved can be repeated time and again. CNC machining is mainly used for developing complex objects (parts) that would otherwise be unachievable by hand. This in turn can lead to mass production of a part with hopefully no mistakes that would likely occur with human operation over a considerable length of time, and completed to the clients specifications.