Computer numerical control (CNC) machines are guided by CAD data rather than 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.
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