CNC Machining Material
CNC Machining Material are many and varied,used in different areas.The term CNC is an acronym for Computer Numerical Control grinding which is a subtractive process for handling raw materials through the usage of a device similar to a drill like revolving cutter. This is done all the way through a staged sequence of the multi-axial and computer initiated motion of the slicing head. This is similar to a robot that has been fitted with a Dremel tool. The simplest of the CNC mills are similar to a drill compressor on steroids and many of them are intended purposely for usage at homes and offices with many having a sophisticated look. CNC machines do work with a wide range of materials that range from cheap commodity materials like wax, plastics, PCBs, wood, plaster to more expensive ones like aluminum and steel. These give CNC machines a wide range of materials to which they can be used and each of these materials is beneficial to the process at hand.
Some of the major materials are discussed below.
Most parts of machines are made up of aluminum as it is a popular material to use. It is cheap and abundant in nature. High technology corporations world over utilize aluminum parts to build machines as it is strong and light in weight, Many high technology industries use the metal as it helps them to make devices that are light hence making them easy to transport. Also, aluminum resists corrosion and this further enhances its usefulness as a CNC material where it’s used as a short run machined part. Other industries that use CNC produced products with aluminum in it include the automotive industry as well as the medical and the military. The aluminum family has several alloys that are commonly used in CNC machined parts. These are Brass that is utilized in most of the latest technology products. It is machined using different methods than the method employed for steel because Brass is soft hence easy to cut. It is also a high density and it is reputably reusable with nonsparking qualities. For this reason, it is used for the creation of inflexible products as a result of its density. Other alloys include Carbon steel that is a free cutting materials where the CNC versions are C1018, C1045, C1117, C11L17, and C1141 and C114. Tool steel is machined after different grades of alloy require the process to be carried out with different cutting tools, feeds, and speed. Stainless steel can be machined to varying degrees depending on the type of alloy used to generate it. Chromium nickel alloy parts which are used in the chemical and food equipment are also CNC machined and are used for turbine blades, pump shafts, and fasteners.
CNC machined parts also do comprise a composition of Beryllium Copper that is used for devices such as computers and fiber components. It is also used as a precision measurement device and as an electric connector and contact. Aerospace industries and the telecommunication industry also utilize it. Treating Beryllium copper with heat makes it stronger and durable enabling it to conduct electricity. Types of beryllium copper used as a CNC machining material are C17300, C173, ASTM B-196 and M25.