A Brief Introduction to Machining

A Brief Introduction to Machining

The term machining is generally defined as the process where a piece of raw material is cut and transformed into a desired shape and size through a controlled process. Laser cutters, milling machines, lathes, gear cutters, and water jets are some of the examples of precision machine devices that manufacturers use to meet their material fabrication needs. Machining operations are usually divided into two categories: roughing cuts and finishing cuts.

Humans have been using machines for centuries, starting with primitive techniques and moving forward to the level of technology, precision, and efficiency that we experience today. Precision machining dates back to the Industrial Revolution when manufacturers were used to employ basic technology to produce considerably precise parts. The Victorians made a good use of precision machining technology to produce ships, weapons, machines, and farming equipment. Isambard Brunel is a well-known mechanical engineer who built railways and ships using this technology in the 19th Century.

Today’s precision machining technology is completely different and more sophisticated. Now, we have incredibly accurate machines and measuring tools that enable us to produce precision parts with minimal human intervention. Laser cutters, for example, work by melting a workpiece until it is reshaped into the correct shape, producing high-quality finish without causing any damage to the workpiece.

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) is one the most significant developments in industrial technology. Precision machining is about following extremely specific and accurate blueprints designed by computer aided manufacturing programs and CNC machines. Modern manufacturers use complex 3D diagrams and outlines to produce machines, tools, or any other part required by a client. CNC machines enable us to carry out strictly controlled machining processes essential to achieve precise results.

There are some manual or basic types of machine tools designed for simple and specific applications. Some of them are greatly enhanced version of the primitive, hand-held tools. Most of the machining techniques we use today are entirely different and modern in nature. Traditional machine tools require a machinist or operators to use manually-operated levers or wheels to execute machining operations. Manual machining processes have their advantages as well as limitations. On the other hand, CNC machines, which are operated through computerized controls, can produce complex shapes with great speed and efficiency.

The innovation and emerging technology have significantly addressed problems which were previously associated with precision production. With the help of machines capable of mass production and producing high-quality products, the cost of production has reduced and manufacturers are in power to deliver high-quality products and meet market expectations.

About BP Precision Machining

We are a diverse team of highly qualified and innovative machinists and engineers committed to delivering the top-notch machining products and services. Whether you need CNC machining services or require manual machining expertise, our focus is to deliver precision, quality and value. Visit our site to know more about our products and services. Also, feel free to discuss your machining needs with us.