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Posted on CNC compared to Handmade

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#1 posted 04-06-2021 12:11 AM

CNC requires the design upfront, usually with exact dimensioning, and hand-crafted work is adaptive, with options to adjust a part to fit or desired grain pattern. Hand work can be done without digitized plans. However, CNC cuts can be performed with high-quality craftsmanship. CNC parts can also be made oversized, so they can be shaved down to precise fits. Similarly, hand-crafted work can be batched in such a way to be more productive than CNC. CNC productivity shines for standardized, plywood and panel stock, with CNC saws and automated material handling. But, one of the main assumptions for CNC is that the stock is prepared to meet starting specifications.

The other aspect of hand-crafted work, the craftsperson usually gets smarter and more productive with time, and can apply the learning to other, related work. I suppose AI is coming to woodworking eventually – but most of us love woodworking because of that kind of learning, and how our imaginations are inspired by forms in nature, the wood, and stories of our pals.

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