What is CNC Machining?
CNC machining stands for Computer Numerical Control. It is a process where computer software is used to determine the movement of factory tools and machines. Numerical control means it is the automated control of machining tools by means of a computer using coded programming.
Because CNC machines are able to process materials by following coded programming, a manual operator is not needed to directly control the machine’s operation. This mitigates human injury and mistakes, ensuring a more quality controlled end product.
What is Advanced CNC Machining?
ADVANCED CNC MACHINING usually specializes customized machine build parts like one-of-a-kind parts, short runs, replacement parts, and precision matching of close tolerance parts. Also included in Advanced CNC Machining are 3D machining, jigs, prototypes, and jigs.
Advanced machining may included systems custom created for specific tasks or several tasks at once such as quality control.
The industry may include the following changes in machine complexity:
- All-in-one bespoke machine systems or multi-purpose CNC machines
- SAAS (software as a service) to control production planning, control and management
- Increasing robotic automations
Is there a future in CNC machining?
Computer Numerical Control machining is the best option for precision tooled parts invented to this day. Unless someone invents a better way to create custom machine parts, CNC is here to stay.
That said, The future of CNC manufacturing requires an increasing level of complexity. Product resilience benchmarks are challenging to meet while market variants such as evolving technology, product demand, lead time requirements, supply chain and cost pressures all contribute to the requirements needed.
Because precision and automation is needed and desired, industries will continue to pull away from traditional machines and move more into CNC machining in the future.
What Jobs Are Available in CNC Machining?
There are two categories of CNC machining jobs: Manual and Technical.
Manual CNC Jobs include:
- Mechanical Assembler
- Quality Control Inspector
- Mill Machinist
Technical CNC Jobs Include:
- CNC Programmer
- Design Engineer
- Maintenance Technician
Whether you are interested in a hands-on (manual) job in machining or a technical (coding and programming) one you need to have an eye for detail. Precision parts are detailed down to the ± 0.0005 inch. There is no room for “close is good enough” in precision machining. So quality and precision are expected. Without it, the products you are machining for won’t work.
There are many CNC training schools available as well as certifications in other areas such as quality control.