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How Much Do You Know About CNC Tooling?

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Have you heard of the collet chuck? It is what makes the amazing manufacturing technique of CNC tooling possible. What? You haven’t heard of CNC tooling either? Goodness. You are grossly unaware of what goes into manufacturing so much of what you use on a daily basis! Pull up a chair and read on. You’ll find this info terribly fascinating.

  • CNC Tooling
  • CNC is the acronym for Computer Numerical Control, and it refers to a complex machine, paired with an equally complex computer program, that can carve, mold, shape, or otherwise manipulate, a solid object into precisely desired, specifically designed pieces.

    The precision that goes into this type of tooling can only be rivaled by hand craftsmanship. But shaping a single piece by hand would take several days, if not weeks. Whereas using CNC tooling allows for a piece to be done in mere seconds.

    This allows for manufacturing of objects with multiple, highly designed parts to be done incredibly quickly, allowing for more end product to be made, and therefore more profit as well.

  • Machine Tool Manufacturers
  • The manufacturers using machine tools can vary greatly, as the technology continues to improve dramatically in both the software and hardware of the process. It can be used in woodworking with something as simple a lathe spinning a table leg to get the desired curvature and structure of the leg, with such precision that all four come out completely identical.

    Or it can be more complex, like a moving machine tool tip gradually carving away a solid cube of material in order to sculpt out a 3D model of something. CNC can be used in metalworking for creation, removal, and sculpting of metal as well.

  • Collet Chucks
  • Collet chucks are the little piece of hardware that keep it all together. Each machine has the capability of holding and using multiple different types of cutting tips. Each tip can perform a specific type of cut or carve, with specific results. As such, multiple tool tips can be used for a single project.

    The chuck is that single piece on the machine that can firmly hold onto any of the tips needed. Without that simple piece, swapping out tips would be much more complicated and time consuming, slowing the entire manufacturing process down.

Now you see not only how fascinating this type of manufacturing can be, but how absolutely important it is to our daily existence. As this technology becomes more readily available, and more capable of completing complex tasks, we are more able than ever to take full advantage of the possibilities. And now that you know all of this, you can truly appreciate everything that you buy and use. See this link for more references.

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