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5 Common Types of CNC Machines

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Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines are becoming more and more popular in the tooling industry and have gained popularity with some hobbyists in recent years.  CNC machines rely on computers instead of humans to perform tasks. These machines, although they becoming more popular everywhere, are largely used in the automotive and tech industries. Using actuators, drives, breakout boards, and software programs, CNC machines can create a myriad of products.

There are various types of CNC machines including:

  1. Router – A CNC router can cut and engrave wood, metal, or plastic and is a very common type of CNC machine.  The user does not manipulate the router, only enters information into the computer. If you were to order a cut sign made of these materials, chances are that a router was used to make it.
  2. Plasma – CNC plasma cutters are used to cut metal and wood (2 dimensional) and do not require as much power as a CNC router.  These machines use a plasma torch to penetrate wood or sheet metal.
  3. Laser – CNC laser cutters operate quite like CNC plasma cutters, but instead, a laser is used to cut the wood or metal. Lasers can also be used to cut plastic.
  4. 3D Printer – 3D printers use CNC technology and operate using similar technology as CNC lasers, but utilize an extruder to slowly deposit plastic in a consistent motion until the desired product is complete.
  5. Pick and Place – Pick and Place CNC Machines consist of several nozzles that pick up electrical components for electronic equipment and place them in the desired location.  These are very commonly used in the construction of cell phones, computers, tablets, etc.

The versatility of these instruments allow for speedier performance of a desired task. They also ensure performance precision and provide more consistent production overall.

When seeking CNC equipment, it is best to do business with trusted professionals who are knowledgeable of all types of CNC equipment and who will take the necessary time to discuss your unique machining needs.  The experts at Tramar Industries have been providing CNC products of high quality to businesses and hobbyists for more than a decade.  Proudly boasting membership to the Machinery Dealers National Association, Tramar Industries is the clear choice for CNC machines of all types. If you’re in need of a CNC machine, contact Tramar Industries today!

This article was written by Sierra Harbin.

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