You may have heard the term “CNC” a lot in the last few years and found yourself wondering what CNC machines are all about. Read on to learn about how these machines are changing the way people work wood.
CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machines have been around for many years. A simple explanation of CNC is that a computer is used to control the movement of a tool – most often a router, with lathes being second most common. This movement can be controlled very precisely, in thousandths of an inch or decimal millimetres. You can use CNC machines to carve, cut out and shape just about anything, and one of the big pluses is that you don’t have to use any jigs. With a CNC, if you can imagine it, you can make it.