• 5 Causes Of Chatter In Your CNC Router

    CNC Router

    It shows up when you inspect your CNC router. It’s not welcome; and it’s hard to find the real cause of it. It gets loud and obnoxious. It ruins your work quality and, it’s just not wise to let it persist once you’re aware of it. What is it? Chatter. That unwelcome vibration that reduces the […]

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  • 5 Types Of Cutting In CNC Routing

    5 Types Of Cutting

    In CNC routing there are generally 5 types of cutting: male, female, center, cleanouts, and drilling. It’s important to recognize which category your cut falls into as you will need to indicate the type of cut in the CAD software you are using. Each type of cutting has a specific purpose, requires specific types of drill bits, and the machine operator must take into account certain parameters for the cut to achieve the desired outcome.

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  • 6 Advantages of CNC Machining Over Conventional Machining

    6 advantages of cnc machining

    Do you use conventional machines in your personal shop or business? They do have some benefits, but so do CNC machines. If you’re considering adding a CNC machine to your production processes, we’ve put together some reasons why you may or may not want to:

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  • 12 Tips in Buying a CNC Router

    12 Tips in buying a CNC Router

    CNC RouterFrom cabinetry to sign-making, CNC Routers are used for many applications. It can cut a variety of materials including acrylic, copper, brass, PVC, foam, MDF, solid wood, fibreglass, and a lot more. Being available in many different sizes and models, how would one know which routing machine is most appropriate for their production? What level of flexibility or functionality should you look for? It all depends on what kind of business you run. However, there are general tips that can help guide your purchasing decision.

    Here are 12 Things to Consider When Buying A CNC Router:

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  • Maintaining Your Tool Holder and Collet

    Maintaining your tool holder and collet

    The tool holder and collet are critical parts of the machine that are often overlooked for maintenance. We will discuss the parts of the collet and nut style tool holders, also how to look out for wear and tear.

    Parts of the tool holder include:

    ColletTaper – conical shaped area of the tool holder that enters the spindle when changing the tool

    Pull studs – screws into the top portion of the taper

    V-flange – part of the tool holder that the automatic tool changer locks into when moving the tool from the tool changer to the spindle and vice versa

    Collet pocket, collet and nut – the collet is inserted into the collet pocket and subsequently secured by a collet nut.

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  • What To Do When Your CNC Machine Goes Down

    CNC Machine

    It’s your worst nightmare when running your CNC machine. You’re chugging along, happy with your productivity. Maybe even excited because you know you’re going to have something good to show your boss. And then your machine stops doing anything. Or, maybe your CNC machine didn’t even start up in the first place. It happens because […]

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  • Impact of Automation on the Woodworking Industry

    Woodworking

    How automated CNC routing is changing the way people think about woodworking

    woodworkingThe automation of manual work processes has greatly impacted the Woodworking industry. The transition to automation began with the development of CNC cutting technology which helped to successfully replace the hands of a woodworker with a safer and more accurate computer controlled cutting head. CAD/CAM software programs also play an important role in the transition by making the entire manufacturing process more efficient by offering a user-friendly interface to help cut intricate shapes and patterns that can be repeated any number of times with an identical output.

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  • Useful Woodworking Facts & Tips

    Useful Woodworking Facts & Tips

    woodworking copyHardwood comes from deciduous or broad leaf trees, where as softwood comes from coniferous or evergreens. Hardwood typically is available in more colours and textures than softwoods although the majority of wood materials found in stores will be softwoods. The reason for this is that softwoods are less expensive and most applicable for basic cutting jobs. Softwoods grow relatively faster and form straighter tree trucks making harvesting and processing faster and less expensive. Examples of softwood include pine, spruce, cedar, fir, larch, and douglas-fir, while, examples of hardwood include mahogany, teak, walnut, oak, ash, elm, aspen, poplar, birch, and maple.

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  • Hardwood Vs. Softwood and Their Characteristics

    Hardwood vs. Softwood

    When working with any type of material it is imperative to understand its qualities and characteristics as they will have implications for such things as tool choice and cutting speed, especially for wood. There are so many different varieties of wood that exist in the woodworking industry, each having unique qualities that set it apart from the rest.

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  • Router Tool Maintenance

    Sharpening tool (maintenance) One critical step to woodworking on a CNC router is the maintenance of your routing tools. A woodworking router has a shaft that comes fitted with a collet that holds a router bit in place. Each router bit will have flutes, which are the cutting edges of the bit. The more you route, the faster these parts wear out and need replacing. In order to maximize the life of your routing tools you need to clean them on a regular basis.

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