Today, many types of industry worldwide rely on CNC machining to create useful prototypes and then turn them into a successfully mass-produced line in record time, normally with maximum smoothness and upmost efficiency, while remaining on budget. Generally speaking, this expectation gets met. However, it’s rarely possible with CNC acting alone. For CNC to work up to its best expectation requires precise input. Most specifically, CNC manufacturing relies on design input that is precise. This means that for CNC to work to its highest potential requires a close collaboration between the client and the manufacturer. It is imperative that everyone in the manufacturing team agree on the exact design specifications. The use of CAD is also a must. Designs were often created by hand in the past. Today, with CAD-created designs the norm, designs that are exacting can be inputted for the CNC machine to follow. The design team is then able to follow the process of manufacturing the inputted design from start to finish, allowing for needed tweaks along the way. It is this seamless integration of CAD with CNC, in short, the two working in close tandem, that allows CNC machining to work at its optimal level and for manufacturing entities to shine.
- To make the best and most efficient use of CNC machining requires CAD input.
- CNC machining relies on design input. In the past this input was hand drawn. With CAD this is no longer necessary.
- With the use of CAD, designers can observe the process of manufacturing from creation to final product, allowing for design tweaks as needed.
“Designers can now produce several designs within a short period, increasing productivity and efficiency.”