CNC

One of the key uses of CAD software is to produce drawings that will be used to operate CNC machines. Whilst CNC technology has been around for decades, it’s still evolving nowadays, complementing new manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing. In recent years, Scan2CAD introduced support for G-code, making it easier to go from an initial raster image to a finished, machined product. In this category, we’ll cover some of the new innovations in the field of CNC, and how the technology can be used on the journey from an initial drawing into a finished end product.
Efficiency in CNC Operations

Optimizing Performance: Key Efficiency Metrics in CNC Operations

Efficiency in CNC Operations

Machining or manufacturing performance boosts the competitiveness of machine shops. A company is said to have attained high machining performance if it achieves indicators like operating efficiency, waste reduction, customer satisfaction, product quality, employee motivation, etc. This means that efficiency alone…

CNC Machining for Metal

CNC Machining for Metal Fabrication: The Ultimate Guide

CNC Machining for Metal

CNC machining has revolutionized metal fabrication. As manufacturing needs evolve, technological advancements have fostered a synergistic merger between CNC machining and metal fabrication. As a result, it has added an element of automation that boosts quality, accuracy, speed, and precision. CNC…

Predictive Maintenance

Predictive Maintenance: A Game Changer for CNC Machine Lifespan

Predictive Maintenance

Predictive maintenance is a revolutionary concept in the manufacturing industry. Not only has it proven integral to substantially extending the lifespan of CNC machines and critical manufacturing equipment, but it also promotes productivity, efficiency, and uptime. It achieves this by relying…

Probing in CNC Machines

Probing in CNC Machines: Advantages and Applications

Probing in CNC Machines

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining has reduced the time required to manufacture parts. However, as advantageous as this may seem, it complicates inspection and measurement. Typically, CNC machines produce parts much faster than one can practically measure or inspect them using…

Guide to Hybrid Manufacturing

The Ultimate Guide to Hybrid Manufacturing

Guide to Hybrid Manufacturing

Machining processes have continuously evolved. Part of this evolution has involved combining individual processes or using various active energy sources or additives in a complementary role to improve the properties and capabilities of the individual processes. Thus, hybrid manufacturing came to…

Woodworking Machines

The Best CNC Machines for Woodworking

Woodworking Machines

If you have worked with a handheld router, you understand the difficulty of maintaining accurate cuts. Fortunately, computer numerical control (CNC) has simplified the process, automating what it takes to cut various materials, including wood. CNC machines for woodworking have helped…

Axes in CNC Machines

Understanding the Axes in CNC Machines: A Comprehensive Guide

Axes in CNC Machines

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines come in different sizes, configurations, and technologies. Nonetheless, what these machines have in common is their use of axes, although the CNC machine axis count still varies from two to five. These axes typically include the…

CNC Machine Safety

CNC Machine Safety: Preventing Accidents in the Workplace

CNC Machine Safety

Machines, along with CAM software, play a central role in automating vast swathes of the manufacturing industry. Despite this benefit, these machines present an element of risk and danger. CNC machines, for example, move at lightning-fast speeds – sometimes rotating at…

Convert files to G-code

How to Convert to G-Code – The Ultimate Guide

Convert files to G-code

1.0 Introduction In this ultimate guide for converting files to g-code, we will delve in-depth to the raster and vector file types that you can convert to G-code. We will discover how CNC machinists can further expand the files suitable for…

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Top 10 CNC Products for Wood Routers

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Computer numerical control (CNC) machining has been in existence since the mid-1900s. As a result, it has garnered a myriad of applications in various industries, most notably the manufacturing and metal milling sectors as well as woodworking. At the same time,…

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Converting DXF to G-code With Accurate Scaling

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Preparing a drawing for CNC machining may entail a lot of work. Depending on the approach you choose, it may take anywhere between a few hours – when you use the automatic route – and several days – when you utilize…

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How Much Does a CNC Machine Cost?

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There are hundreds if not thousands of CNC machines available in the market today and their prices vary depending on various factors. We shall take a closer look at the CNC machine cost to assist machinists and hobbyists looking to buy…

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G-code Converter: How to Convert to G-Code

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Manufacturing is broad and, with the evolution and increased use of technology, it has grown even more sophisticated. It now includes the use of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software and computer-aided design (CAD) software packed with numerous features to ease the process…

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5 Sites with Free G-Code Files for CNC

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If your profession calls for regular use of CNC machines, you will be in constant need of CNC G-code files to conduct the various machining operations. However, creating a G-Code file or converting a vector or raster file into G-Code for…

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How to Reverse Engineer Physical Objects

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Reverse engineering physical objects is a process that basically involves reproducing a product – often either digitally or on paper – through a careful and detailed examination of its construction and assembly. This process of acquiring and analyzing detailed design information…

Designing for CNC

Designing for CNC – 6 Tips for Improving Your CNC Designs

Designing for CNC

CNC technology has revolutionized the design and manufacturing industries. Although it’s been available for a while now – the first CNC milling machine was developed in the early 1950s – only recently has it gained traction outside of industrial and commercial…