What Does CNC Mean?

what does CNC meanWhat does CNC mean? In the machining and manufacturing industries, CNC is a term often heard and used. CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control. With CNC, you can create limitless possibilities in your machine. You can also expect the utmost accuracy and precision no matter how complex the project may be.  CNC enables your machine or equipment to do more than one function. Especially with large machines that take up a lot of space but are not used all the time, it would be best to program its CNC so that it can serve more than one purpose. For instance, a machine used to shape parts can also be used as the same machine to sharpen those parts. 

Who Creates a CNC Project?

Only CNC experts can create the code needed for CNC projects. They use CAD programs on a computer to create a G-Code. A G-Code is a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols that are readable or understandable by a machine.  Using the G-Code, the machine will know when it’s time to change a shape, where it has to change a tool, which area to control, and so on. It contains all the information needed by the CNC program to operate and complete a task. 

Precision and Accuracy

You can program settings, parameters, coordinates, and other details in the CNC. The G-Code has to be very accurate because one small mistake can damage the machine or the part you are creating.  The operation or task completed using CNC is precise and consistent no matter how complex the task may be. CNC can make possible what could have been impossible in manual machining.  You must do a test run first before beginning an operation using CNC. Don’t use raw materials yet. During the test run, you can check whether the positioning and performance of the CNC are exactly what you need. When positioning or speed is incorrect, the machine might get damaged. 

CNC Milling and CNC Turning

What does CNC mean? We have simplified its definition and function the best way we can with the information above. At Cheetah Precision, we take pride in our core competencies—CNC Milling and CNC Turning. We’ve been in the industry for more than 40 years now. We’ve worked with a variety of industries including automotive, food processing, testing equipment, specialty machinery, and more. Contact us at 651-633-4566 for more details.  

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