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CNC Turned Parts : Tips For New CNC Users
Apr 30, 2017

The CNC turned parts market is growing larger and larger with the passing of each working day. Whereas in the past, businesses had no idea what CNC stood for, or what CNC machines were, nowadays it is far harder to come across a business owner that has NOT heard of the benefits of CNC machines. CNC, or Computer Numerically Controlled, machines are basically specialist machines that can be programmed to perform a series of complex and precision tasks.

CNC turned parts are important because many CNC milling machines rely on quality parts and components to get the job done. When you first start using CNC machines within your business however, though it can be tempting to try and throw yourself in head first, you should initially take the time to get to know the milling process, and how to best utilize your machine. If you’re a new CNC user, here are some tips to help make life easier.

Take Your Time

As mentioned, one problem that people have when they purchase CNC machines, is trying to go too quickly before they know how to operate the machine. Although you may indeed know how to program the machine and oversee it whilst it is in use, there are also countless other features and functions that you may not be familiar with. Take your time, get to know the machine, and if you do wish to use it for business purposes, make sure you run plenty of practice runs before you begin milling for money.

Begin With Basic Materials

If you wish to use your CNC machine for cutting materials such as stainless steel, it is important to begin with cheaper, easier, more basic materials before you get stuck in with the steel. Stainless steel and other harder materials and metals will not cut as easily as cheaper and softer metals such as aluminium or brass. Due to this, you should begin your practice runs with the easier, softer, and cheaper metals to help get a feel for things. Once you have mastered your cuts with these metals, you can then opt for harder and more difficult metals, including stainless steel.

Make Sure You Have a Misting Setup Feature

When you are cutting hard materials such as woods and metals, obviously there will be a great deal of chips and debris building up from the materials being cut. If you leave this debris to build up, your cuts will not be as accurate, and on top of all that, it could damage your blades. A misting setup basically sprays water and/or coolant onto the blades to blast away any debris and to help keep them cool as you cut.

Don’t Scrimp on Parts

When you begin using a new CNC machine, it’s important to pay attention to the CNC turned parts and components. The cutters for example, are what make you your money and do the primary job, so make sure you purchase good quality cutters. If you go with cheap imported blades from another country, the quality will suffer and the end result will suffer. Put simply, make sure you purchase good quality blades and cutters.