The first numerical control machines originated in the 1940s. Largely different from CNC equipment as we know it today, these early models included tools with motors attached that relied on punched tape, an old form or data storage.
By the ’60s, the invention of the minicomputer led to a drop in prices, which allowed CNC machines to flourish. Over the years, the affordability continued to rise and the accessibility broadened, making CNC machines popular among domestic toolmakers by the ’80s.
Today, as technology continues to develop, both hobbyists and large industrial operations utilize the efficiency of a CNC machine in a myriad of applications.
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There are many types of CNC machines for different purposes;
these are the most common components on CNC machines
Laguna utilizes cutting-edge CNC and motion control systems for a wide range of applications – from basic high-volume, high-repetition commodity production, to unique, highly complex parts that require the highest precision and advanced machining techniques. We have controls, software, motion controllers, drives, and motors to meet all machining needs and budgets.
Laguna CNCs provide up to 12 inches of clearance and construction with heavy-walled welded tubular steel that has been designed to achieve the highest cutting forces and vibration reduction.
HSD quick-change air-cooled and liquid-cooled milling motor spindles are world leaders in the machining of wood, aluminum, and plastics. The spindles, produced in their thousands, are characterized by their extremely high reliability and the wide range of powers and operating speeds available.
Maximizing resource usage with nested manufacturing
Nested manufacturing maximizes the number of parts that can be machined from a single piece of material by mathematically programming the cuts.
By arranging the cuts to minimize empty space, overall waste can be significantly reduced. Nested machining is the same concept as arranging cookie stamps on rolled out dough to make the most cookies from one roll.
This efficiency in material usage also promotes environmentally-responsible manufacturing.
A variety of machines for a variety of uses
Prices vary greatly depending on capabilities and size
Since prices vary according to capabilities and size, the best way to get pricing according to your needs would be to talk with a CNC specialist.
Most home-oriented CNC machines, like the IQ, are a few thousand dollars. High-end production, or “large industrial” CNC machines can be as much as $100,000, even over that, after all accessories.
The average price sold, though, is right around $15,000. Though this number is high, there are several ways to off-set this cost through financing, government funding, and very low operating costs per hour.
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