Ultimate Guide to Designing the Best CNC Parts
Modern businesses comprise of two main entities: services and products. The former is considerably larger since it is easier to start and maintain. Production or manufacturing businesses find it much harder. You need to know a lot especially if you happen to venture into the production of CNC parts. Luckily, once you set up everything, the production takes up less time. Furthermore, you have the potential of growing it into something greater than a service provider. For this reason, here is a stepwise guideline to how we at Creatingway design the best CNC parts. Production of CNC parts is not as backbreaking as it sounds. Moreover, recent technological advancements are making it even easier.
We first begin by selecting what to produce. Even when producing the most mundane of things, we can attract more clients by approaching it from a unique angle. This article will focus on what we uniquely have to offer.
CNC Machine Shop Requirements
This is the first step before designing a part with the intention of manufacturing. We often take into consideration manufacturing limitations. Normally, you should first know where you are going to produce the part. This allows you to estimate the possibility of manufacturing it. For those that are unable to manufacture the part themselves, this is where we come in handy. You only need an estimate then we will help you with the rest. Here is further insight into this.
- Firstly, take note of the material we need to work with
- Secondary, look at the mass and maximum dimensions of the component we can make.
- Third, look at the finishing operation possibilities. Examples are anodization and polishing.
- After the above points, we compare the precision of the available equipment. We normally are at least 30% more precise than the tolerance of the component. At Creatingway, we offer a cost-effective CNC routing solution to meet any demands.
Designing Idealized Components
The client normally initiates this part, as he/she knows what he/she wants. When designing what you want, do not fuss a lot over the manufacturing capabilities. You can let your imagination flow. However, you should keep in mind the parts’ maximum dimensions. It is helpful when you first list the features the product is likely to have. Then make a sketch that will give an outline and working principle of your idea. We advise that you decide on the main dimensions and commence making your design’s 3D model. We can easily take up 3D modeling on your behalf.
Modifying Design According to Manufacturing Needs
After having a perfect view of the product, it is now time to slice and dice it. It is a crucial step if you are planning to get your part into serial production. It allows you to determine where you can save on costs. Additionally, the more complex the part is, the more scrupulously you will have to go through the design.
The outcome is a 3D design and a technical drawing. The technical sketch represents all its tolerances and dimensions. You can then officially approach us to make your prototype using our CNC programming. Most CNC machines utilize a special programming language we call G-code. We first place the part in a coordinate system of the machine. Each line denotes where the cutting tool will move. We utilize a CAM system to aid us in creating a CNC program. This step is usually quite complex. You have to take into account the geometry, tolerance, and materials to come up with a working program.
CNC Machine Setup
It is time to set up the part after coming up with the desired program. A CNC machine setup has the following basic considerations.
- Part Orientation
In this step, we decide on the series of part orientations to enable us to delete excess material.
- Part Clamping
It involves firmly holding the part in place. This is since the cutting forces will inadvertently try moving the part from its position. We use jigs and fixtures for simple shapes. On the other hand, complex shapes may need special tooling.
- Coordinate Zero
After clamping, we have to determine the location of the zero coordinate. We have the option of manually adjusting this point by first touching the workpiece with a tool. We can then proceed to calculate the difference manually.
- Loading the cutting tool
It involves positioning the tools that the CNC program intends to use in designated slots. You then have to manually input the tool’s dimensions for the machine to know how long or wide the part is.
It involves testing out the program via virtual simulation. This highlights any mistakes with the programming without damaging anything.
CNC machining the Part
Upon checking and counter checking the CNC program, it is now time to machine the CNC part. It is an easy step since you have already gone through many details before arriving at this step.
Upon completion of the part, we check if it meets the design parameters. For high precision parts, we use special equipment and quality control techniques. For any further inquiries or orders regarding the best-designed CNC parts, simply contact us.
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