CNC Machining: In Your Words

Here at DB Sheetmetals, we deliver accurate, impartial advice to the client in line with our variety of reputable metal fabrication services. That’s why we’re launching a series of blogs that explain our range of services, from CNC machining through to press brake forming, ‘In Your Words’, with the view to giving potential clients an understanding of the benefits of the various metalworking options we offer. We’ll be starting this week with a look into CNC machining.

What is CNC Machining?

Computer Numerical Control Machining - most commonly abbreviated to CNC machining or CNC punching - is an umbrella term that covers the use of software and digital programmes to operate a range of metalworking equipment. In 2015, all manner of workshop tools can be operated by CNC programmes, and DB Sheetmetals strive to invest in the latest Amada technology to ensure our fabrication services remain efficient, reliable and time-effective.

Our specialists are extensively trained in SolidWorks programmes, a form of Computer Aided Design Software that allows us to realise your most ambitious creations. Put simply, working with your briefs and concepts, we create a 3D model of your desired metal item, which we input into a computer using the CAD programme. This programme then ‘translates’ the design into something the machine can understand, telling it where to punch and how to work the metal using a form of numerical code,  hence the name: Computer Numerical Control.

Why Use CNC Machining?

Although it all sounds rather complicated, CNC machining is a relatively straightforward process that carries a litany of benefits for you, the client.

  • Regardless of the eventual application, metal pieces need to be manufactured to incredibly precise measurements, with even the slightest inconsistency running the risk of undermining the whole project. As opposed to manual metalworking techniques,  CNC machining software affords fabricators and clients the precision they both demand and require, removing the margin for human error.

  • This high level of precision and accuracy can then be replicated continuously across batch orders to provide a consistently uniform product, making CNC machining the ideal solution for large scale production operations such as automobile manufacture.

  • Thanks to the increasing complexity of design software, we can build and create even the most ambitious of items in an efficient, risk-free manner. Our programmes allow us to test the structural integrity of your pieces before you invest in materials or labour.

Who Might Use CNC Machinery?

CNC machined metal items can be found at the heart of projects across the globe, in areas including - but not limited to - the following:

  • Aerospace Engineering

  • Construction & Architecture

  • Interior Design

  • Art & Sculpture


To learn more about our CNC punching capabilities, visit our specific CNC Punching page; alternatively, discuss a project directly on 01440 706218.