How Does CNC Machining Work?

How Does CNC Machining Work?Computer numerical control, or CNC, machining is a process wherein raw materials are fabricated with a computer-controlled tool, such as a plasma-fueled torch for structural steel fabrication. Profiles and shapes are pre-programmed into the machine’s CNC software, which allows the automated tool to produce much more accurate results than what could be accomplished with a human hand. Let’s take a closer look at how CNC machining works.

Generating a Shape or Profile

Most CNC systems come with computer-aided design (CAD) software where a custom profile can be drawn by the technician. When fabricating traditional structural steel products, such H-beams and I-beams, pre-drawn shapes may be downloaded from a profile library. Once the design is finalized, it can be coded into the software.

Coding the Cutting Path

Computer-aided machining (CAM) is another type of software typically included with CNC machines that takes the design from CAD and translates it into code. The code will precisely outline the cutting paths required by the torch down to the finest detail. After coding is complete, processing can begin.

Working Out the Kinks

CNC software provides the opportunity to nip any issues with the coding in the bud with an initial test run. If there is a mistake present, the coding can be adjusted as a quick fix. When a test part is processed perfectly, then it’s only a matter of loading the raw material and pressing the start button to begin production.

Benefits of Automation

With the torch automatically following the specific outline of the pre-programmed profile, production of structural steel parts can be streamlined and the turnaround times of fabrication shops can be greatly improved. Indeed, CNC machining allows for large-scale production that wouldn’t be possible with manual processing.

Industry-Leading CNC Plasma Cutting Technology

If your fabrication shop specializes in structural steel fabrication and you’re looking for ways to improve production, you’ll want to know about BeamCut. As one of the industry’s leading robotic plasma cutting systems, BeamCut’s CNC software includes a built-in profile library and allows technicians to manually calibrate cutting tolerances, nest parts, and track robotic cutting paths to ensure mistake-free production. The CNC software has an all-in-one interface and is easy to use. Plus, it is nonproprietary and compatible with nearly any design.

State-of-the-Art Features

BeamCut is equipped with a six-axis, 360-degree beveling FANUC robotic arm and powerful X-Definition plasma from Hypertherm. By combining these exceptional features with automated operation, BeamCut can improve the quality of your work and reduce your production time by as much as 80%. That’s an outstanding return on investment!

Lifetime Support

Another advantage you’ll enjoy with the power of BeamCut on your side is support from our knowledgeable team. In fact, we provide free and unlimited support for life, so if you ever have an issue with your BeamCut CNC machine, we’ll be available to help. Contact us today to learn more about how BeamCut can take your structural steel fabrication business to the next level of success.