Now common in a wide range of manufacturing industries, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines deliver unparalleled processing efficiencies. Capable of rapidly and accurately cutting complex shapes, CNC machines, with the correct CNC tools, allow workshops and factories to get more from their materials than ever before. Paired with the right tooling solutions, a CNC machine can perform tasks that would otherwise be impossible.
Going a step further, nesting CNC machines add automation that allows operators to push the limits of their CNC equipment and processes. In this article, we are going to explore nesting CNC technology and discuss how it has revolutionised timber manufacturing.
How CNC Technology is Used in Manufacturing
CNC technology represents a major step forward in manufacturing technologies. Capable of quickly and accurately producing complex components CNC machines see wide use throughout timber manufacturing.
3-axis nesting CNC machines are used by a range of timber manufacturing businesses, including:
- Cabinet makers
- Solid timber joiners
- Sign makers
- Window and door manufacturers
Now increasingly accessible, any business that needs to cut, shape, carve or rout timber stock can use a CNC machine. For both small and large-scale production, CNC equipment unlocks efficiencies and drastically reduces the labour that needs to be invested into each component.
Matching CNC Machines to the Right Tooling
3-axis nesting machines are commonly found in factories producing high volumes of components, or by workshops that want to minimise their waste of expensive materials.
Taking full advantage of nesting capabilities is not as simple as designing a component and letting the computer handle the rest. Because nesting machines use computers to determine optimal cutting paths, speeds and tool selection, your CNC equipment needs to be paired with tooling that is up to the task. The routers, cutterheads, mills, drill bits and tool holders used by a CNC machine all need to be matched to the material and process. The right tools can speed up manufacturing drastically, while the wrong tools can break, wander or blunt quickly, requiring frequent replacement and holding up production.
The Benefits of Nesting CNC Machines
Nesting CNC machines have quickly become a popular technology in the timber manufacturing industry. For factories that produce high volumes of items such as flat-pack furniture, windows and doors, nesting CNC technology is indispensable.
Offering a variety of benefits, 3-axis nesting CNC machines:
- Maximise the use of stock materials like plywood and MDF
- Minimise processing times by determining optimal processing paths
- Are capable of performing complex operations
- Can use most conventional CNC tooling
- Require minimal input from operators
- Can produce components in high-volume, continuous production lines
Innovations in CNC and nesting technologies are powering the future of manufacturing industries across the world. Offering unrivalled performance and efficiencies, 3-axis nesting CNC machines are the next evolution for timber manufacturers of all sizes. When getting more from your materials is critical, nesting CNC machines and custom tooling solutions offer the optimisation you need.Panel Tools specialises in designing custom CNC tools for any application. We work with clients to design, develop and manufacture bespoke CNC tooling solutions. Depending on your equipment, materials and processes, our engineers can assist you to craft custom tooling that allows you to push the limits of what your CNC machines can achieve. Contact us today to get started with designing custom CNC tooling for your application.