It was only 60 years ago since “CNC machines” were first conceived; entire floors of craftsmen and “master machinists” turning crude blocks of iron into some of the most precise and rarest metal components on the planet. Sure, that mantra continues on to this day, but the speed and precision of modern machining has changed dramatically – and, fortunately, for the better.
Which brings us to the two important pillars of any successful CNC project – Accuracy: the component is built exactly to the manufacturer’s design and tolerance specifications, and is free of any minor imperfections – Time: the part is manufactured and delivered within the timeline agreed with the initial customer. Thanks to modern-day automated 5-axis CNC machines, we can now exponentially improve the process of both speed and precision with no extra cost to the client.
Take our 5-axis DMG-85 for example. Our particular model is capable of “simultaneous rotation” functionality, as opposed to “manual” positioning; meaning once a block of material or a part enters the machining chamber, the machine does not require the operator to remove the component and manually re-position it in order to continue the process; it does so automatically. Granted, this is no HAL-9000 tech, but it is a significant leap forward in how we perceive the process of machined parts in terms of quality and efficiency.
Mind you, let’s not forget our roots, either. It often took one master machinist out of a sea of workers to properly craft a component down to every exact square-inch. A modern five-axis CNC machine by itself is no more useful than a toaster, but in the right hands- much like the hands of our experienced engineers here at Quality Machining, it can create the wonders our great-great grandfathers only dreamed of – and in half the time. – QMA
Pictured: The “QMA Super Velocce” supercar. When it first entered our DMG-85, it was no more than a solid square block of aluminum…