When Original Equipment Manufacturers make decisions about how to produce a specific part or component, there are several factors that come into that process. Depending on the specific industry, there may be standards and regulations that are in place to ensure that all parts and components used in systems are able to perform within specific parameters.
Additionally, the OEM also has to think about the use of the part or the component in the big system or in the equipment. While there may be a variety of ways to produce the part, the one that will offer the superior end results rather than the one that is the cheapest may be the best consideration.
This is where precision CNC machining comes into the picture. This automated and highly precise option for creating even complex shapes is an ideal option for parts development for most industries.
The CNC Advantage
Through CNC or computer numerical control, the design is reduced to a CAD/CAM drawing. The computer then records each aspect of the part and relays this to the machining center and the cutting tools, creating an exact replica of the original drawing with each part produced.
There is no deviation off of the original, which means perfectly precise parts with every run. This is true for prototype to production as well, something that wouldn’t be possible without the technology as there would always be some slight variation, even with highly skilled operators and the use of jigs and other types of guidance. With advanced systems, precision CNC machining is the gold standard for most parts.
With the automation of precision CNC machining, many types of complex parts and shapes can be produced quickly and without the need for operators to make adjustments to the workpiece. This not only speeds up production, but it can also be very helpful in limiting waste and reducing the cost per unit to manufacture.
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