Since the dawn of the CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines introduction in the machining sector, they have been praised for being accurate, fast, consistent and flexible. Although CNC machines are not totally independent, a lot of major industries depend on these wonder machines. Common CNC-dependent industries include the metal industry and the woodworking industry. However, these industries, when small-time, can be operated by hands.
In this article, you will learn about the industries which are CNC dependent not because they have grown big in time but because they have to. It can be also that they are CNC dependent because their industries demand a low level of tolerance and a high level of sophistication. There are no “small-time” members of this industry. Let’s start discussing.
THE AEROSPACE INDUSTRY
First off, this is already a very sophisticated industry. An engineering degree (solely) will not get you anywhere in the Aerospace industry. Not even within striking range. This industry demands so high from their members so machine shops that belong to this industry trust only the best of the best of CNC machining. In fact, sources say that the term “Precision Machining” has been coined from this industry.
In the materials they use, the aerospace industry already demands a lot. CNC machines which are used here are mostly capable of handling Inconel, Titanium, Magnesium, Stainless Steel and so much more. From parts of the landing gear, to shuttle seats, to housings, and even oxygen generation, CNC machines play a big part in their manufacturing.
It’s not just that. Every CNC machine used in this industry also has to be approved AND RATED by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to be safe and to be surely capable of “Precision Machining”. A NASA experience is highly praised too.