The process of CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milling is a robotic process that involves the use of technology to aid in the building of a finished product by laying the milling machine on a template and then applying a directed-energy operation to the machine’s movement. Although this technology has been around for many years, there are many different CNC milling machines on the market today that offer the user a great deal of flexibility and the ability to set up specific tasks.
Most people know that a CNC milling machine can only operate in one direction. In order to enable the machine to reach its full potential, the operator must be able to control the entire process. One of the main aspects of this process is that the CNC milling machine must be able to operate in different areas of the project in order to perform any necessary task.
One of the best pieces of equipment for CNC cutting, as well as other types of industrial CNC cutting, is the HDS-150. The machine has a maximum of three axes, including a horizontal and vertical axis, a rotation axis and a cut-rate range. The HDS-150 comes equipped with three programmable software programs that allow the user to perform a wide variety of tasks that include the following:
*Cut multiple layers of material simultaneously: This is an important feature when dealing with a large number of materials. In order to make a single cut, the operator must continually switch from vertical to horizontal operation, for example. A single large part can take hours to complete using one operator but using three CNC machining centers, this operation can be completed in just minutes.
*Cut through the material: This is the most important step of all, and the third axis of the HDS-150 cuts material through a specially designed tool, called a tape cutter. This tool allows the operator to place material down the set of guide rails that hold the material in place. This process, called flattening, allows the cutting tool to cut precisely through the material at a great deal less cost than if it were to perform a cutting motion on a vertical or horizontal basis.
*Cut thin stock: As the saying goes, “nothing in life is free,” and in terms of material usage, nothing comes close to a piece of thin stock, either. These items can be used in numerous ways and each has its own specific characteristics. By cutting through thin stock, it is possible to create a perfect circle, something that would not have been possible with just a horizontal motion.
*Cut very thin stock: Although the third axis of the HDS-150 does not have a cutting speed, the machine is capable of cutting extremely thin materials, such as those used in printing or platen, as well as wood and glass. The machine can even be set up to cut sheet metal without being completely submerged in water, which is a necessity for this process.
Each of these functions makes the CNC milling machine more versatile than ever before. For projects that require cutting through materials that are much thinner than traditional materials, there is a much greater likelihood that a CNC milling machine will help to complete the job.