CNC stands for Computerized Numerical Control. This modern control technology is used in industry for turning, milling, grinding, drilling and honing of workpieces, for example.
CNC machines produce very complex workpieces from aluminum, stainless steel and many other materials automatically and with the utmost precision by having the CNC control move either the workpiece or the tool along the machining axes.
5-axis CNC machines can machine complex workpieces in just a single setup, so they are very efficient and cost-effective. The latest CNC machines have six or more machining axes. The control system usually receives the data from a CAD program. However, the so-called teach-in method or a manual input of the control information are also possible.
CNC machines work as good as independently and with constant quality, automatically change the tool and perform quality control themselves. Therefore, in series production, one machine operator can supervise several CNC machines at the same time, so personnel costs are lower than with conventional machines.
Due to their great advantages, CNC machines have now almost completely replaced conventional, mechanically controlled machines in industry.
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