CNC machining processes have revolutionized the acrylic fabrication industry, allowing rapid, accurate, and economical production of various parts previously requiring many hours of manual work. Put simply, computer numerical control (CNC) machines uses computer models to control the manufacturing of parts. These models are typically drawn in CAD programs then CAM programs translate those drawings into instructions for the machine.
With the range of CNC fabrication methods on offer, it may be difficult to choose which one is best for your acrylic fabrication project. Each unique process has distinct advantages and disadvantages and there is no ‘one size fits all’ option when it comes to CNC. CNC laser cutting and CNC routing and machining are two of the major processes available.
CNC laser cutting uses a high powered laser beam focused using a series of mirrors to melt through materials before pressurized nitrogen blows it away, leaving a clean cut in the workpiece. As the laser is so thin, CNC laser cutting can produce detailed pieces with incredibly high precision and the flexibility of a computer-controlled laser beam allows for a wide range of customizable shapes and sizes.
CNC routing and machining processes use computer control to guide cutting tools across a workpiece to produce a modeled shape. This allows for high quality and accurately fabricated products but lacks the design flexibility of laser cutting. The primary benefit of CNC routing and machining is the material saving and ability to produce parts in large quantities while retaining quality.
FX Plastics specializes in CNC processes for acrylic fabrication producing high-quality parts quickly and for highly competitive prices, contact us now to find out more!