CNC Machining UK Enhances Manufacturing Processes

A few decades ago, the human hand was the drive behind any manufacturing cycle. Sweat and exhaustion, tedious steps submitted to human error and people prone to work related accidents were commonplace
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London, United Kingdom ( March 22, 2013 - A few decades ago, the human hand was the drive behind any manufacturing cycle. Sweat and exhaustion, tedious steps submitted to human error and people prone to work related accidents were commonplace. There were no computers and no CNC machining. The work days were long and the products few. But in 1945, the creation of the first digital electronic computer called ENIAC and John T. Parsons' invention of numerical control have forever changed the face of all industries. At present, you can use CNC milling and CNC machining UK to streamline and improve your manufacturing process and at the same time to reduce production costs.

Since then, CNC milling and CNC machining UK together with CAD and CAM systems have helped speed up the production cycle and they have replaced many decision-making functions. The result was an increasing productivity for every business faced with the challenge of remaining profitable and competitive in the current global climate of change. The Computer Aided Design (CAD) enables the modern designer to accurately produce realistic images of products to be manufactured, while the Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) is a system that automatically produces finished parts through means of numerically controlled machines. The integration of CAD and CAM system is of paramount importance, since the CAM software depends on the CAD model before it composes the proper set of fabrication instructions.

The development of Sketchpad system at MIT in 1963 by Dr. Ivan Sutherland was a turning point for computer aided design and the CAD system is now widely used to describe any software capable of defining components with geometry. Today, 3D solid modelling is a popular tool in the design of mechanical parts, among other fields. However, CAD is not limited solely to drafting and rendering, venturing in many intellectual areas such as engineering analysis and assembly simulation.

As far as the CAM technology is concerned, the spark came once with the invention of NC machines, which are directed by programs following the industrial data standard ISO 6983. This standard defines a set of M and G codes that specify a sequence of cutting, rotation, speed of travel as well as other auxiliary directions for the machine. Since complex NC programs are lengthy and time consuming, the machining intelligence built into CAM systems generates programs that are not subject to human error. The first CAM generation emerged when the Automatically Programmed Tool was developed in 1950 to control NC machines at MIT and since then, APT has become a programming language.

However, CAD and CAM systems have started independently in their own areas, apparently with no link between them, and some time passed before the CNC machining UK used a system that efficiently integrated both. These integration systems have brought considerable benefits in this field, especially with regard to the stage of process planning. Currently, major CAD/ CAM integration systems come from Unigraphics, Pro E, IDEAS, and CATIA and they allow for the process planning to be simplified. In this purpose, the CAPP application can generate instructions solely for the manufacture of a particular part which can then be repeated as necessary. To sum up, CNC milling and machining is here to stay and you should become familiar with what such equipment has to offer.

Finding your way through the latest CNC machining UK technology is no easy task for a novice and if you're interested in purchasing a state of the art CNC milling machine, it's always best to ask professionals for guidance and recommendations.


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