Advantages and Disadvantages of CNC Machining

Monday, December 02, 2013

While we have already posted about the history of CNC, or Computer Numerical Control machines, you may not be aware of many of the advantages and disadvantages that go along with using them. One of the best things about modern CNC machines is that you can use them constantly without turning them off. This means that you can use these machines in your workplace for days, weeks, months, and even years at a time. As long as you perform routine maintenance checks, these machines will run perfectly uninterrupted.

One of the other advantages of using a CNC machine is their ability to reproduce a single product with precision, from once to thousands of times. Because they are computerized, machines will replicate the original design in every way. This means that you can expect exact duplicates that will always remain true to the product design. You can even update and improve the software that powers these machines on a regular basis, further improving consistency and reliability.

CNC machines also require fewer operators than other types of machines, meaning that you will not need as many employees in your workplace. This can save money while allowing a shop to focus on churning out more projects without losing a high level of quality.

Although there are many advantages that come along with using a CNC machine, there are a few disadvantages. These machines can cost more than manually operated devices, although the benefits will eventually outweigh the initial costs. Additionally, automated processes place demands on workforce training, as operators should still maintain appropriate skills in mathematics and engineering.

When it comes to CNC machines, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages, especially when dealing with large projects that require a high level of consistency. However, there will always be applications where a manual machine allows a more versatile and customizable approach. These are just a few of the pros and cons related to CNC machines, but we here at Lowrance Machine Shop know that there will always be more to learn about their use to stay ahead in the field.

If you’re a member of the industry, please share your own experiences involving the advantages and disadvantages of CNC and manual machines. And as always, if you have any questions regarding your machining needs, get in touch with the team at the Lowrance Machine Shop today!