CNC Machining: The Modern Form of Metal Fabrication

As we’ve explained previously, the term “CNC machining” refers to the use of computer programmes to automate various aspects of the manufacturing process. Computer Numerical Control techniques - to use the extended term - can be used in conjunction with all manner of metal fabrication tools, from bores and press brakes through to laser cutters. Although it carries a wealth of benefits for both the manufacturer and the consumer, CNC machining as a process hasn’t actually been around for that long, and continues to expand and develop rapidly.

The History of CNC Machining

The first CNC machining techniques (as we understand them today) are thought to have been put into mainstream production operations in approximately the late 1950’s, before which the production process was by-and-large a manual affair. Numerical control (the predecessor to CNC machining, developed before the days of the first computer) was pioneered by John T. Parsons, who recognised a common welding failure as a means of improving the structure and design of propeller blades. From there, spurred on in the large part by governmental defence contracts, NC slowly became a mainstream method of metal fabrication, until it finally integrated commercially with Computer Aided Design (CAD) software in the 1970’s. Skip forward to 2015, and CNC machining is generally accepted as the default means of metalworking, with ever more complex software packages allowing sheet metal fabricators to design, test and build increasingly intricate pieces.

The Prevalence of CNC Machining

There are a variety of benefits associated with CNC machining that have lead to it becoming the preferred metal fabrication technique of engineers and industry specialists alike:

  • Versatile: CAD software and CNC machining programmes can be integrated with a wide range of metalworking equipment, meaning we can create a vast range of bespoke designs to your specifications.

  • Rapid: As well as removing the human margin for error, CNC machining techniques drastically reduce average our production time. This doesn’t only mean that we’re able to offer clients much cheaper rates, but also allows us to cater to ever more ambitious projects with the utmost urgency and consistency.

  • Risk free: Using CAD programmes in conjunction with CNC software, DB Sheetmetals are able to design models of even the most intricate pieces in three dimensions. This allows us to test key traits of the component, from aero dynamism to structural integrity, before it reaches the production stage.

Benefit from CNC Machining Today

As a company, DB Sheetmetals place a great emphasis on investing in and developing the latest technology and experience, enabling us to provide one of the most forward thinking CNC machining services in Suffolk. We believe that by doing so, we’re able to meet the demands of increasingly ambitious projects whilst preserving our reputation for quality, service and consistency.

You can find out more about our CNC punching service here; alternatively, if you prefer, you can call our team directly on 01440 706218 to discuss your project’s requirements and estimates.