Benefits of CNC Routing and Machining

CNC technology has been a central component of the manufacturing industry for years, improving and even replacing many previously manual processes. The technology has an array of uses including CNC routing and machining, laser cutting, and saw cutting. The introduction of CNC machines to the manufacturing industry has greatly improved the production of acrylic sheets.

CNC methods such as CNC routing and machining have some major benefits to manufacturing:

  1. Bulk machining – CNC is much faster than manual processes and the programmed designs can be replicated any number of times. This makes bulk orders of acrylic sheets fast and efficient at almost any scale.
  2. Greatly increased accuracy – all cuts will be exactly as the model shows them and there is little variation between pieces in a batch. This improves quality, reduces material wastage, and saves money on needing to recut parts.
  3. Improves safety – CNC routing and machining removes many of the risks associated with manual work. Operators do not need to be near the cutting tools to operate them and this reduces the risk of many serious injuries.
  4. Allows greater complexity – intricate designs and complex acrylic sheets can be created with a combination of routers, saws, and laser cutting. Intricate patterns can be created from a model with virtually no error.

A CNC machine is a large initial investment for businesses and requires skill to use. FX Plastics’ highly experienced team use state-of-the-art CNC routing and machining equipment for perfect acrylic sheets in their projects. Contact FX Plastics to learn more.

Why Is Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) So Useful?

Computer aided drawing (CAD) is a staple of modern engineering and design. It allows people from a range of fields to create and edit incredibly accurate models or designs to be used in manufacturing processes such as CNC laser cutting. Before CAD, much of this design needed to be performed with pen and paper drawings, which massively increased the time spent and potential for error.

There are many great advantages of computer aided drawing (CAD):

  • Tremendously increased accuracy, being able to input exact measurements and avoid human error in the drawing. This produce much better quality CNC laser cutting
  • Ease of alteration as elements can be modified, lengths changed and even entire segments removed with a few clicks.
  • Simple collaboration with many programs allowing multiple editors and viewers with cloud base storage for access to detailed designs, even on-site.
  • Modern computer aided drawing (CAD) programs can model interacting materials and electrical or plumbing systems to ensure realism. They can also optimize material usage to save on costs.

There are many options for computer aided drawing (CAD) software. The most commonly used are AutoCAD, Solidworks, and Creo. All of these options have a diverse list of features and can model very complex designs and systems. Fx Plastics is an Australian leader is CAD modeling for precise and high-quality CNC laser cutting. We can design parts to your specification or use your compatible CAD files to fabricate products, contact us for more information.