Advanced CNC machining technological development fuels industry growth3D printing technology is quickly advancing, while continuing to become more affordable, opening up new opportunities for one-piece production that reduces the need for glued parts and improves overall strength. Material technology advances are opening up a wider range of materials in 3D printing, which in turn enables the production of more advanced pieces both faster and cheaper than traditional manufacturing means.
While 3D printing’s influence on the rapid prototyping industry is worth noting, a number of other technologies are also playing their part in moving the industry forward.
Advanced CNC machining, in particular, is a process that is bringing greater accuracy to machining, as the entire process is run through the automation of cutting, grinding, and other tasks. CAD models are uploaded into the CNC system, which then determines the necessary processes to machine raw materials such as aluminum, ABS, and other plastics into finished parts.
Since the CNC system handles the decisions about how to machine raw materials into the desired finished product, the chance for error is reduced as all that is required to produce a part is a simple CAD drawing.
Another recent technology that’s improving manufacturing productivity is the use of cloud robotics to monitor machine activity in production facilities. With software able to detect when machines encounter mechanical issues or run out of production materials, downtimes are reduced and productivity and profits are increased.