Summary: CNC machines are replacing traditional cutting methods due to their easy-to-use, automated systems.
If you’re looking to replace that old, saggy cushion filling inside your sofa or couch, you’ll want to understand the basics of working with a Computer Numerical Control, or CNC for short.
What is a CNC?
Compared to its counterpart, the NC machine, which works with a specific set of instructions that are fed into the controller unit of the machine, the CNC machines the instructions that are fed into the computer via a small board that resembles a traditional keyboard.
Now, with a CNC machine, the program is stored in the computer’s memory. The programmer can essentially write and edit the code per the type of project that he is working on. For instance, let’s say the machinist was to purchase a block of foam from The Foam Factory and wants to cut it to a specific measurement that fits within a couch, all he would need to do is edit the program and store it within the memory so he doesn’t have to repeat it over and over. This is one of the best things about CNC machines due to the fact that they offer great flexibility and computational capacity.
How Does it Differ From Traditional Cutting Methods?
All of the cutting processes that are carried out are fed into the computer via the program. The computer then lets the user know what needs to be done, then continues with the cutting process. Simply put, all you need to do is feed the program with instructions and it’ll go from there.
Some of the common types of machine tools that can be run on the CNC are milling machines, lathe, and drilling machines. The main purpose of these machines is to trim the object to give it a proper shape such as rectangular, round, etc. As opposed to the more traditional cutting methods, the CNC machines minimize the role of the operators – consider it more of an automated process.