CNC Machining

RWD Does CNC Machining Right

Rapid Water Jet uses Hurco CNC machines which are sturdy machines built to last. They are also equipped with the most flexible control in the industry. This control helps you determine which programming method works best for each particular job. 

The CNC Machines that RWD uses helps you go from “a solid to a part” seamlessly and eliminates extra steps with their CNC control. 

What is it and how does it work?

CNC, short for “computer numerical control,” describes pre-programed computer software that controls the movement of complex machinery like grinders, lathes, mills, and routers to create custom-designed parts or products from a range of materials including metals, plastics, wood, glass, foam, and composites.

CNC Machining is a subtractive manufacturing process, meaning it works by removing layers of material from the workpiece to produce custom shapes and designs. Evolving from the numerical control (NC) machining process which utilized punched tape cards, CNC machining, in contrast, utilizes controls programmed through design software such as CAD to cut with high levels of precision and high accuracy. While the CNC machining process offers various capabilities and operations, the fundamental principles of the process remain largely the same throughout all of them.

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5 Axis CNC

These CNC machining centers are able to rotate on two additional axes (compared to the three axis) for cutting three dimensional objects without having to re-position.

A five axis CNC machining center has the ability to machine five sides of a cube at one time as well as complex surfaces that are unobtainable in a three or four axis machine.

Vs. 3 Axis CNC

3 Axis

The three axis CNC machining center is among the most common.

Vs. 4 Axis CNC

4 Axis

The fourth axis introduced to this machining center allows it to rotate around the vertical axis. These are often chosen for work on a CNC lathe for mill work or in advanced 3D machining.

Benefits of
5 Axis CNC

Technology should help you, not get in your way. Our mills and lathes minimize tedious and redundant tasks so CNC machinists can be more productive and each job can be more profitable. Flexible enough to handle high mix/small batch manufacturing.

Our 5 axis machines allow RWD the ability to greatly reduce part cost over a standard 3 axis machine with a 3+2 part as it eliminates multiple setups. In tandem with less set up, It also lets us maintain a much higher accuracy with our parts as there is far less room for human error. Our 5 axis machines paired with the latest version of Mastercam gives RWD the ability to make extremely complex parts with surfaces a standard 3 or 4 axis machines could never feasibly do. Our 5 axis machines also come equipped with glass scales on all axis where standard machines do not. This always ensures the accuracy of the machine no matter what.

Control Technology

Easy to Operate

Built to Last

Pros

CNC Machining yields consistent, quality products, decreases risk of human error, can be easily reprogrammed, and can create designs that are impossible by manual means.

Cons

CNC machining can be more costly than manually operated machines, and calls for less skilled employees which may result in the need to retrench or reduce some of your staff.

Applictions

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Military

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Aerospace

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Prototyping