CNC Milling vs Lathe

There are distinct differences between CNC milling vs lathe functionality. Depending upon the desired results and the workpiece, the difference between the two machines is quite evident. For those who would like clarification, a CNC Mill uses a table that holds the workpiece while moving it around a stationary tool cutting head. A CNC Lathe… Continue reading CNC Milling vs Lathe

What does SFM mean in machining?

The acronym “SFM” means Surface Feet per Minute and it relates to how far and fast a tool travels across a working surface to accomplish its assigned task. Not a hard concept to grasp, to be sure, but a concept that can become a little confusing when you’re talking about multiple machining processes occurring rapidly… Continue reading What does SFM mean in machining?

Improve CNC Accuracy with Portable Laser Leveling Services

Running Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machinery takes a lot of attention to detail. One of the most important details is having a level working surface. Workpieces and tools demand level working surfaces for proper positioning and cutting. Ensuring that the CNC table surface is even and level helps improve productivity, quality, and efficiency. An improperly… Continue reading Improve CNC Accuracy with Portable Laser Leveling Services

How to Calibrate CNC with Ballbar Testing

You can own, supervise, and operate a CNC machine and know if it is calibrated correctly using Ballbar Testing. When a CNC machine is not calibrated correctly, all kinds of issues arise. The costs incurred by miscalibrated equipment are far greater than the cost of using Ballbar testing to make sure the machine is functioning… Continue reading How to Calibrate CNC with Ballbar Testing

Advantages of CNC Bandsaws in Metal Processing

The basic list of equipment for any metal fabrication operation includes a metal bandsaw. It just makes sense to have a piece of machinery that can quickly and cleanly slice a piece of metal. Bandsaws have been around since ancient Egyptian times and have proven their value over the last few millennia. In the 21st… Continue reading Advantages of CNC Bandsaws in Metal Processing

How to Bend Sheet Metal with a Press Brake

Working in a metal fabricating shop or industrial production floor, chances are you’ve heard, seen, or worked with a Press Brake. A Press Brake is used to make accurate bends in metal and other materials. Press Brakes have been around a long time. In ancient times, metal was folded using a sledgehammer and chisel; not… Continue reading How to Bend Sheet Metal with a Press Brake

5 Tips for Choosing the Right CNC Repair Service

Choices and options are always good to have when it comes to selecting anything and choosing the right CNC repair service is one of those things. CNC technicians with training, skill, knowledge, and experience don’t exactly grow on trees. Finding a service resource that can handle your maintenance, service, and upgrading needs is a lot… Continue reading 5 Tips for Choosing the Right CNC Repair Service

Preventative Maintenance Checklist For CNC Machines

Preventative Maintenance is Just Plain Smart Everyone knows solving problems before they become problems is smart. For CNC machines this couldn’t be more true. Due to the variety of CNC machines in operation today, it’s best to keep a Preventative Maintenance checklist short, sweet, and to the point. Preventative Maintenance is as much about taking… Continue reading Preventative Maintenance Checklist For CNC Machines

CNC Machines: Expectations versus Reality

CNC Machines – Expectations versus Reality The advances in CNC machine technology and associated computer applications have been truly astounding. From humble beginnings in the 1950s, Computer Numeric Control or CNC machines have been a focal point for manufacturers and production floors ever since. And what started as a simple exercise in X-axis and Y-axis… Continue reading CNC Machines: Expectations versus Reality

All About Electrical Discharge Machines (EDMs)

All About Electrical Discharge Machines (EDMs) The topic of Electrical Discharge Machines (EDMs) comes up now among machinists and technicians despite being a completely different technology than CNC (Computer Numeric Control) for removing material from a workpiece. Rather than remove material using cutting tools, Electrical Discharge Machines remove material using electrical flow between two contacts… Continue reading All About Electrical Discharge Machines (EDMs)