So many of the objects we use every day are created using machinery driven by computers. These CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines can produce things with greater efficiency, faster speeds, and previously unthinkable repeatability compared to traditional tools.
At it’s core, a CNC router is essentially a hand router being driven around by a computer. The technology has evolved quite a bit from that though. A machine like the Laguna IQ uses a liquid-cooled spindle instead of a router to cut cleaner, faster, and better.
Smaller CNC Machines are driven by high precision ball screws and heavier models with rack and pinion gearing, these driving systems can perform complex cuts that are accurate to a few thousandths of an inch!
People use CNC routers to produce all kinds of things that we see every day. They’re used to cut the molds for the plastic parts in your coffee machine.
They’re used to cut the complex sets and props in the movies you watch as well as many of the details on your favorite buildings.
Virtually all cabinetry these days are made on a router like the SmartShop II or III.
Plywood, hardwood, plastics, aluminum, foam and countless other materials can be cut with a CNC router. The barrier for entry into the realm of CNC machines in the past limited their applications to big businesses but over the last decade the cost has dropped dramatically. Now they’re being used by many small businesses for all kinds of work.