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Posted on What tools do CNC Routers "replace"?

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#1 posted 01-21-2014 02:20 AM

While it is true that the CNC has all of those capabilities, that doesn’t really address the question posed by the original post. The question was not what can CNC do but rather what tools will it replace in a small-scale manufacturing environment?

The short answer to that is it can replace most of them but at the risk of sacrificing flexibility and speed. Oftentimes in our shop we’re taking stuff off the CNC to do an operation on some other machine before putting it back to finish running a program. This is especially true for those who do not have an automatic tool changer or a 5-axis machine.

In other words, rather than trying to figure out what can be accomplished by just a table saw and CNC, it’s better to ask what tools are most efficient at doing each step of the production process.

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