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Q & A on CNC Machining Services

We asked our users for their input on CNC Machining Services. Here are the results of 74 users familiar with CNC Machining Services.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing CNC machining services?
11 answers
Answers:
New and varied components and shapes/sizes which are to be efficiently machined in order to cut costs and increase quality.
~P.V.Neelakantan Neelakantan, Production Engineer, New Delhi., India
Advances in CAD/CAM systems, Multitasking machines (combination milling and turning)
~Baruch G, Production Engineer, Jerusalem, Israel
High speed machining, low cost and reliable machines
~Process Engineer, Pune, India
Machines are faster and easier to run.
~William Cragg, Manufacturer, Minneapolis, Hennepin
Micro-machining for electronics
~Technical Support, Sta.rosa, Philippines
Defense, biomedical, robotics
~Andrea L, Marketing/Sales, Tyngsboro, MA
Smaller and better hardware
~Peter P, Technical Support, Deurne, Netherlandss
Water jet and laser
~Shailesh S, Manufacturer, NAGPUR, INDIA
SCANNING BODY PARTS
~ANTOINE HARIKA, PROSTHETIC AND ORTHOTIC SPECIALIST, Baabda, LEBANON
Computer software
~George K, Manufacturer, Mililani, HI
Fast production
~Ali, Engineering, Other, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative CNC machining services?
13 answers
Answers:
Mazak, Fanuc, Siemens, Heller, Gleason Oerlikon, etc., and Sandvik, Seco, Kennametal, Sumitomo, etc.
~Process Engineer, Pune, India
There are many companies using innovative CNC services like Nidec group of companies and many others.
~Technical Support, Sta.rosa, Philippines
Defense, biomedical, Robotics
~Andrea L, Marketing/Sales, Tyngsboro, MA
Mazak, Hass, Mori Seki
~Shailesh S, Manufacturer, NAGPUR, INDIA
Makino and Mori-Seiki
~P.V.Neelakantan Neelakantan, Production Engineer, New Delhi., India
KKL, 3D, AKU, DSD
~George K, Manufacturer, Mililani, HI
vorum rodin 4d
~ANTOINE HARIKA, PROSTHETIC AND ORTHOTIC SPECIALIST, Baabda, LEBANON
Hard to Answer
~Baruch G, Production Engineer, Jerusalem, Israel
aeronautical
~CARLOS G, Manufacturer, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Fabrication
~Ali, Engineering, Other, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Multi cam
~William Cragg, Manufacturer, Minneapolis, Hennepin
Siemens
~Technical Support/Services, Shengzhen, China
Gallil
~Peter P, Technical Support, Deurne, Netherlandss

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this service's capabilities?
8 answers
Answers:
Technical competence in terms of metal cutting and machine tool knowledge. Computer aided design and manufacturing.
~Process Engineer, Pune, India
Milling boards with symmetrical rails(equal volume without deviation) and milling up to 17' x 32 width x 7" thick.
~George K, Manufacturer, Mililani, HI
Down to the earth features plus easy understandability and long service life are the three features.
~P.V.Neelakantan Neelakantan, Production Engineer, New Delhi., India
More documentation from the big names in moving hardware.
~Peter P, Technical Support, Deurne, Netherlandss
Faster and easier process.
~ANTOINE HARIKA, PROSTHETIC AND ORTHOTIC SPECIALIST, Baabda, LEBANON
Plastic mould
~Shailesh S, Manufacturer, NAGPUR, INDIA
Larger Tables
~William Cragg, Manufacturer, Minneapolis, Hennepin
Mastercam
~Ali, Engineering, Other, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the projects you have used CNC machining services for?
21 answers
Answers:
Delicate (mm scale) and accurate (um tolerance) machining of ceramics and metals for building an Ion trap (Paul trap) for academic research.
~Engineering, Design, Rehovot, Israel
We used CNC machine in different projects like production of different jobs designing machining gears, we used CNC in textile mills etc.
~Technical Support/Services, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
To find how much these machines are capable of in maintaining close tolerances for various material conditions.
~P.V.Neelakantan Neelakantan, Production Engineer, New Delhi., India
Wood entry & passage door parts, mouldings, cabinet parts, many custom wood component parts.
~Architect/Builder/Contractor, Salt Lake City, UT
Routing sign channel letters, also sign faces,custom cut letters aluminum plexiglas etc.
~William Cragg, Manufacturer, Minneapolis, Hennepin
Machining of automotive parts, parts for pneumatic controls and temperature controls.
~Quality Control/Assurance, San Juan del Río, Querétaro, Mexico
Hard disk drives,automotive parts, communication.aerospace and more !..
~Technical Support, Sta.rosa, Philippines
I am the one servicing most of multicam cnc in middle east
~Ali, Engineering, Other, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Modernize a lathe with Mach3 software and Gallil hardware.
~Peter P, Technical Support, Deurne, Netherlandss
Set up a machine line to manufacture automotive parts
~Process Engineer, Pune, India
orthopedic devices such as prosthesis and orthotics
~ANTOINE HARIKA, PROSTHETIC AND ORTHOTIC SPECIALIST, Baabda, LEBANON
Unsure how to answer. Note above question/answer
~Andrea L, Marketing/Sales, Tyngsboro, MA
I have manufactured furniture with CNC machines
~Other, Dublin, Ireland
Housings for electronic and optical components
~Baruch G, Production Engineer, Jerusalem, Israel
Diamond touring optical element
~Engineering, Design, St. Petersburg, Russia
Milling of surfboards, SUPs
~George K, Manufacturer, Mililani, HI
To do wood piece
~Engineering, Design, Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic
Moulds plastics
~Shailesh S, Manufacturer, NAGPUR, INDIA
Heat Exchanger
~Engineering, Design, WOODLANDS SPECTRUM 1, Singapore
Make parts
~Technical Support/Services, Shengzhen, China
LATHE
~CARLOS G, Manufacturer, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” projects that CNC machining services have been used for.
3 answers
Answers:
Object positioning by sieve printing.
~Peter P, Technical Support, Deurne, Netherlandss
Complete Sign Fabrication
~William Cragg, Manufacturer, Minneapolis, Hennepin
Motorcycle seats
~George K, Manufacturer, Mililani, HI

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to faulty or incompetent practices of CNC machining services?
5 answers
Answers:
Never under estimate training of a person on these machines. Give enough training so that the operator can operate with authority and create less mistakes, thereby saving you the accidents and tooling costs.
~P.V.Neelakantan Neelakantan, Production Engineer, New Delhi., India
Having people working machines with no engineering background, taking people from the street and put them in front of machine, and people over riding door locks, with serious injuries.
~CARLOS G, Manufacturer, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Computers that run the machine do crash.
~George K, Manufacturer, Mililani, HI
Loose job holding
~Shailesh S, Manufacturer, NAGPUR, INDIA
No experience
~Peter P, Technical Support, Deurne, Netherlandss

FeaturesTop

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using CNC machining services?
8 answers
Answers:
Analyze what jobs you have and jobs you will be able to get then decide on size of machine, I always say the bigger the better; a person can do the big jobs and the small jobs but all depends on the person's wallet. The backup from the machine supplier is very important either in programming or maintenance.
~CARLOS G, Manufacturer, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Better do research before any purchase as to whether this is a best buy meeting your requirements and do not repent later.
~P.V.Neelakantan Neelakantan, Production Engineer, New Delhi., India
Invest in multitasking machines despite the higher cost. The return ratio makes it worthwhile.
~Baruch G, Production Engineer, Jerusalem, Israel
Buy the service which is cost effective and will improve the bottom line.
~Process Engineer, Pune, India
Good documentation and schemes is a big help by services.
~Peter P, Technical Support, Deurne, Netherlandss
Research The Need You Or Company Want Before Purchasing
~William Cragg, Manufacturer, Minneapolis, Hennepin
Cost to purchase and maintain machine varies...
~George K, Manufacturer, Mililani, HI
CNC is the future
~ANTOINE HARIKA, PROSTHETIC AND ORTHOTIC SPECIALIST, Baabda, LEBANON

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of CNC machining services?
5 answers
Answers:
Sometimes the cheapest is not always true, check for backup in maintenance, programming and quality of machine, control with low capacity.
~CARLOS G, Manufacturer, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Stick to a common brand where time and energy can be saved. Same family means better spare parts control and staying connected.
~P.V.Neelakantan Neelakantan, Production Engineer, New Delhi., India
Preventive maintenance is a good way to avoid problems.
~Peter P, Technical Support, Deurne, Netherlandss
Again, search your need before buying.
~William Cragg, Manufacturer, Minneapolis, Hennepin
Buy those that are easy to maintain.
~George K, Manufacturer, Mililani, HI


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