A CNC router is a machine that is actually a type of CNC mill and similar to a handheld router used for cutting objects. The CNC router is mostly use to cut wood, plastic, foam, steel and aluminum. These machines cut down waste and boost productivity by manufacturing several products in much faster turnaround times than other machines. You can also find CNC routers in three to six-axis configuration.
CNC Plasma Cutters
These types of machines use a powerful plasma torch to cut various materials. CNC plasma cutters are commonly use to cut materials like steel and other forms of metal. As far as shape and size are concerned, CNC plasma cutters are quite similar to CNC routers. However, these CNC machines only work with two-dimensional configuration.
What Software Is Used in the CNC Machining Process?
Software is one of the most crucial parts when it comes to the CNC machinery.
CAD: It is a computer software that refers to Computer-aided design. It helps designers creating computer models defined by geometrical framework. This design software enables designers and draftsmen with the creation of surfaces; three-dimensional contours that determine the configuration and can then be use in CAM for the CNC machine process.
Some of the most popular CAD software includes SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Mastercam, and Rhino3D
CAM: CAM refers to Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). CAD is a design software while CAM “reduces manpower costs” in the manufacturing process. Both CAD and CAM require powerful computers. Some of the most popular CAM software includes: Fusion 360, Solid Edge, SolidWorks CAM, and Mastercam.