If you are still using manual controls or stand-alone computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) or computer-aided design (CAD) systems in your machine grinding company, you should consider updating your software so you can use a computer numerical control (CNC) system. CNC precision grinding allows you to be extremely detailed when grinding surfaces in a way that is unmatched by manual, lever, and stand-alone CAD and CAM systems. This is very important when you need to produce complex shapes on the surface of materials like those needed for some automotive and aircraft parts.
Importance of a CNC System
Grinding projects typically come with blueprints that need to be followed. Often, there is no room for even a little variance in the design because the surface you are grinding may only need a light touch or a light cut. The problem with manual and stand-alone CAD and CAM grinding systems is that you normally can’t meet the standards of these very precise blueprints that don’t allow for any fluctuations.
How CNC Grinding Works
2-Dimensional or 3-Dimensional CAD drawings with corresponded codes that the CNC software recognizes are entered into the computer. The CNC software is then loaded into the computer. You will then enter the numerical values that match the requirements of the blueprint and are required by the CNC software into the machine. These values will control things like the location of the grinding heads, feed rates, and speeds of the grinders.
You should do a test run once all the information has been loaded to make sure both programs are working well together. Once you are satisfied that the programs are working well together and you are getting the cutting and grinding results you want, you can start the job.
If you need to be extremely specific with your cuts, you should talk to a CNC software representative to answer your questions and provide a demonstration on how the system works.