From difficult tolerances to considerable complexity, CNC machining offers the most flexibility and capability to give manufacturers components, parts, and prototypes needed to keep a business productive and profitable.


Why CNC Machining for Manufacturers?

Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) machining replaced manual machine methods decades ago to provide a computer-controlled, high-precision way to produce parts. Controlled by a programming language, CNC machines can carry out a wide array of tasks, faster and with greater precision, to give manufacturers the parts they need faster and to a higher quality.

Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) machining replaced manual machine methods decades ago to provide a computer-controlled, high-precision way to produce parts. Controlled by a programming language, CNC machines can carry out a wide array of tasks, faster and with greater precision, to give manufacturers the parts they need faster and to a higher quality.

For buyers and procurement, CNC machining helps to streamline the manufacturing process.

  • Greater efficiency through automation and continuous production
  • Improved accuracy of every detail to produce identical parts, increased precision, and unnecessary waste
  • Increased product quality with even the most challenging of raw materials to meet deadlines and control cost
  • Enhanced overall operational efficiency by outsourcing the skills and machine investment to focus on specific production demands

CNC Machining Applications and Materials

From fittings to ball joints, housing to valves, CNC machining can create virtually any type of part or component required using an almost limitless array of materials. CNC machining is available for aircraft parts, medical devices, optical components, electronics, rollers, flappers, specialty parts, and much.

Because of the accuracy of CNC machining, the process is used for many applications where parts must be placed within complex equipment or is used in challenging or hazardous environments. CNC machining can handle fabrication of tiny parts and components as easily as it can fabricate from large sheet metal.

Materials chosen for CNC machining depend entirely on application and customer specification. By selecting the right material, CNC machining can deliver optimum results. Buyers should consider the elements of the component required to determine the ideal material choice:

  • Identify how the part will be used
  • Determine if the end-application is for an indoor or outdoor environment
  • Ascertain the expected stress load and capacity, and weight load
  • Specify fastening requirements
  • Determine tolerances of all dimensions

Common material families used in CNC machining include metals and alloys, plastics, wood, and foam.


CNC Machining Processes

Every CNC machine uses a process that removes material using high speed and specialized cutting tools to create a part, component or final product. Using Computer Aided Design (CAC) and Computer Aided Machining (CAM) software that designs any part into a three-dimensional drawing, the file is then transferred into suitable software code. A CNC machine then creates the part using motion that is controlled, moved, and monitored by computer.

There are many different types of CNC machines for precision parts production, including these common types:

  • CNC Milling: A common type of CNC machine, the CNC mill uses a different number of axes depending on the complexity of the part, and the cutting tools move while the raw material or stock remains fixed.
  • CNC Turning and Lathe: With similar operating properties, a CNC turning center or CNC lathe is an automated operation that moves around the material to provide cutting, boring, turning, and facing. Both are capable of almost limitless CNC configurations.
  • CNC Routing: Using computer control, a CNC router is a highly efficient way to control the tool cutting path to precisely create flat or 3D-shaped parts from a range of material types.
  • CNC Swiss Machining: A specialized tool, the CNC Swiss machine can perform several operations at once to shorten the fabrication time. CNC Swiss machining using a lathe that rotates in a radial motion to create unusual and intricate designs and precision component shapes.
  • CNC Punch Press: Whether a single head or multi-tool design, a CNC punch press is automated to punch a hole or form into a piece of sheet metal. The hole punched can be simple or complicated in design to produce shapes, dimples, plunging or enclosure designs.
  • CNC Shearing: Known as die cutting, CNC shearing is a precision process used for a range of metals, sheet metal sizes, and material thicknesses to deliver a finished piece or preparing a sheet metal part for further fabrication.

CNC Machining for Industrial Applications

Manufacturers producing complex, critical, and precision products rely on CNC machining capabilities to deliver the parts needed at the highest quality, greatest speed, and best comparable price.

Working with experienced and certified CNC machine shops provides a wide range of manufacturers, in a variety of industries, with the high-quality components required.


CNC Machining with SyncFab

As a distributed manufacturing platform, SyncFab provides buyers and procurement managers with an instantly-accessible network of qualified, vetted, and certified CNC machine shops in the U.S. Our online system removes the hassle and mystery around finding the right CNC machine partner and streamlines the overall process for how buyers to procure, manage, and track precision parts production.

With a wide range of machining partners in the SyncFab Smart Manufacturing Network, the manufacturing supply chain for procurement managers and buyers is simplified to offer immediate access to CNC machining services from pre-qualified CNC machine shops. SyncFab Manufacturing Network is an easy-to-use, objective, and secure platform for all types of industrial manufacturers.

Read more about how to get started CNC Machining with SyncFab.