CNC (Computer Numerical Control) systems allow an operator to manipulate any kind of machinery from a computer, allowing them to do things that previously were not possible. Many of the new machines require more than just a human operator to operate, and these machines are controlled by computer programs that control every single aspect of the machine from the speed of the motor, to the placement of the pulley, to the load being lifted.
The most important piece of machinery in any shop is the work bench, and while this is true for most shops, there are still places where it may be necessary to cut corners and save money. The one piece of machinery that cuts the most costs is the laser cutter, and with the right kind of laser cutting system, a shop can save thousands of dollars per year on their annual budgets, which will go a long way to allowing a shop to do whatever they want without the fear of ruining their investment.
There are many different types of lasers, and each type has its own specialties and advantages. One type is called a gas-liquid-powered laser, which makes it extremely fast and very versatile. The other type is called a molten-silver laser, which uses a mirror to reflect light and focus it on a beam.
While each of these lasers has its own benefits, if a shop wants to do anything but the bare minimum level of cutting, they will need a full blown CNC system. The right kind of CNC system can help them produce laser parts and templates faster than they could ever have done with a typical hand held laser cutter.
The downside to a full blown CNC system is that it can be very expensive, and if a shop only needs the most basic level of cutting capability, they will need to go a little bit smaller. For example, if they need something like a mold cutter, a full blown system will be far too costly to justify using it for a simple mold, so they will look for a system that can be scaled down to fit their needs.
Another thing to consider is that if a shop only needs a small amount of cutting power for prototypes or whatever, a CNC laser cutter would be a great fit. A hot glue gun may be a lot cheaper to buy, but a good CNC system will be a lot more flexible, allowing the shop to put any item in any mold, and then get the product back out, after it is complete.
A final consideration is the belt spindle, because most CNC systems will only work with a belt that is calibrated for a specific model of machine. A spindle that is too big or too small will cause problems, so a shop needs to make sure that they get a belt that fits perfectly into the spindle that they buy.
When shopping for a new CNC system, make sure that the system includes all of the features that the shop needs, and that it can cut a wide range of materials. A full blown CNC system is best used for precision CNC machining, and this will allow a shop to create some really nice looking pieces in a short amount of time.