CNC (computer numerical control) machines are machines guided by CAD data rather than by human beings. Machining is used when parts require tight tolerances and finishes.
Machining processes shape metal by the controlled removal of material. Prismatic machining cuts a 3D shape in one ‘go’. Milling, one of the most commonly used, removes material. Turning is much as it sounds: rotating the part against a machine known as a lathe. Wire Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) uses electrically charged wire to vaporize material rather than cutting it by traditional methods.
Being able to control these processes – and integrate them with CAD software – is critical to efficiency, the precision of your parts, and the quality of your product.
PTC Creo Prismatic and Multi-Surface Milling is a virtual milling ‘specialist’ for prismatic production machining.
PTC Creo Compete Machining Extension gives you the power to drive virtually any type of NC Machine. Now you can also work concurrently with designers to automatically incorporate design changes.
PTC Creo Production Machining also offers seamless compatibility with design, which means that changes are automatically incorporated. The result: improved time-to-production and customer responsiveness.