An Overview of the CNC Machining Process

Here at Irvin Services, we are the trusted name in computer-numerical control (CNC) machining for Palmyra and the surrounding areas and are proud to offer our expert fabrication services for area businesses, large and small. But first, we want to take a moment to define and discuss the CNC machining process.

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What is CNC Machining?

CNC machining is a manufacturing process where pre-programmed computer software controls the movement of machinery and factory tools. This process enables you to execute three-dimensional cutting tasks in a single set of prompts. It is suitable for various kinds of materials including plastic, metal, glass, wood and foam.

CNC machining is about transforming a piece of material into a finished product through a controlled material removal process. Equipment such as shaping machines, routers and center lathes are used during the CNC machining process. This method plays a big role in improving production capacity and so much more. It is perfect for producing items in large quantities when needed. The process is quite complex and precision is key so it is essential that it is executed by professional CNC machinists.

In fact, the CNC machining process can’t be carried without CNC machinists. They are technicians with expertise in the operation of CNC technology. They are entrusted with several responsibilities that need skill, precision and knowledge. As it is a technical job, it requires proper education and training. A few of the job responsibilities of a CNC machinist include interpreting the design of the parts, selecting suitable tools to execute the product, choosing optimum cutting speeds, monitoring performance standards and performing regular maintenance on the CNC machines.

Types of CNC Machines

Here are Irvin Services, we specialize in the use of a wide variety of CNC machines, including:

Waterjet. They make use of water alone to cut.

Laser Cutters. Suitable for various sheet metals including mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper and brass.

Wood Router. Used to cut patterns, grooves and designs in various types of wood. It creates a clean and smooth edge, whether straight or curved.

Wood Line Bore. Used for case construction of cabinets or furniture. It provides horizontal boring, glue insertion and dowel insertion.

Edge Bender. Uses a compressed hot air system to bond the edge to the panel perfectly, guaranteeing resistance to water and heat. It provides a long-lasting quality finish.

Press Brake. Has the capability of bending metal with our state-of-the-art hydraulic press brake. A metal sheet is placed between a punch and a die. The press pushes the punch and die together, folding the sheet of metal into the desired configuration.

And much more! Allow us to help with your next project. We can do everything from parts for commercial manufacturers to pieces of art for the hobbyist. Irvin Services is proud to serve Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and other areas with their construction and manufacturing expertise. To learn more about what we can do for you, please contact us.