Technology is definitely an undeniable influence in any industry, and CNC (computer numerical control) machining is no exception. The future of CNC machining may lead to a world where almost everyone can create something out of metal. Manufacturing will not be limited to big corporations anymore, because even the smallest of businesses can possibly acquire CNC equipment in the future.
In an editorial for FF Journal, Josh Schohn predicted that ongoing advancements in CNC machining will bring the technology closer to smaller businesses:
We are seeing the same trend transform manufacturing. Just as early advancements in computing led to the personal computer, CNC technology is creating a new breed of more personal manufacturing. The manufacturing of the future will not be a large, lumbering industry that deals with massive inventory, international plants and huge orders shipped halfway around the globe. It will be a more nimble, on-demand, flexible industry that puts manufacturing technology into the hands of small and mid-size businesses.
CNC equipment nowadays are more versatile and affordable than before, and this trend will continue in the future. Technological advancements will influence massive changes in the manufacturing industry, as more and more business owners will start relying on CNC machining to improve the productivity of their business as well as the quality of their products. With user-friendly CNC equipment soon to be available in every trusted machine shop in Ontario, expect a more technologically-able workforce in an industry formerly dominated by blue-collar workers.
Future CNC equipment is expected to focus more on being functional and affordable. The continuing trend of technology making everything smaller and more portable will also extend to CNC machining. Adaptable CNC applications that can perform multiple manufacturing operations like cutting, welding, drilling, milling, grinding, beveling, and grinding are projected to replace bigger, single-purpose machines. In addition, the diversity of available CNC technology will entice business owners to invest on precise machinery.
Metal will be the new wood as CNC technology will make it easier to fulfill almost any manufacturing need with metallic substrates. CNC equipment will be able to make art, automotive components, interior design materials, heavy equipment, and construction materials. The convenience of working with wood will be overshadowed by the versatility of metal in the hands of a CNC machine.
The future is definitely bright for CNC machining and its myriad applications. Discover more about these advancements and benefit from them by taking a visit to a CNC machine shop near your area.
(Source: The Future of CNC Machining, FF Journal)