These pages contain tips to be used in the design or manufacture of parts. They’re time and cost savers designed to get the parts made as quickly and accurately as possible.
When looking for a new CNC mill, you need to know it will give you a professional shop-standard finish without breaking the bank.
Vacuum workholding is great for securing large, thin parts which otherwise would be difficult to hold down. It also holds the material in a relatively free state and can be a great way to machine flat parts. The DATRON Neo was the first machine we had with a dedicated vacuum table, and now that we’ve had Tormach’s 24R in the shop for a while we’re finally getting used to the workflows of a vacuum table. We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks for reliably using your vacuum table, so let’s jump right in!
Every computer numerical control (CNC) machine has a controller, but not all controllers are created equal. The world of CNC is quite broad, ranging from small routers like the xsTECH to much larger 3-axis mills like the 1100MX to building-sized rail-style machining centers for aerospace - there are also CNC lathes, grinders, and even shaping tools.
There is a lot that goes into taking an idea from concept to working part. Once you’ve developed a viable idea on a napkin sketch, you need to jump into design using a CAD program, then develop your toolpaths and tooling requirements in CAM, and then you need to actually machine the part with a CNC mill. But before you can move from software to an actual machine, you’ll need a post processor.