Learn more about a CNC machine
What are the advantages of a CNC machine?
If you are toying with the idea of buying a CNC machine, it’s natural to want to understand the benefits. Investing in a CNC machine offers the following advantages:
Gaining control over production time frames and lead times
- Managing quality control for superior outcomes
- Reducing the risk of human error
- Improving efficiency
- Utilising innovative ways to develop new products
- Increasing versatility for designers and manufacturers
- Expanding workshop or facility capabilities by taking on intricate, detailed, time-consuming tasks that may not be possible with a manual workforce
- Enhancing precision and accuracy
How much do CNC machines cost?
There are various options of CNC machines on the market. The Olympus range of CNC machines start at £13,000 plus vat. The Pegasus range of CNC router machines start at £25,000 plus vat. We work with Anglo Scottish Asset Finance for customers who want to protect their cash flow and don’t want to outlay a large cash investment.
What is a CNC Machine used for?
CNC machines are versatile, and they offer benefits for a wide range of organisations and companies. Here are some examples of how CNC machines are used in different settings and scenarios:
- Joinery: CNC machines can be used for a broad spectrum of joinery tasks and are commonly utilised by kitchen builders, carpenters and furniture builders, companies that build stairs and businesses that specialise in high-grade woodworking.
- Vehicle conversion: vehicle conversion is increasingly popular. They can be used for professional conversions, such as horsebox or campervan conversions, as well as projects, such as van conversions.
- Education: many departments within schools and universities can utilise a CNC machine in many departments such as Design and Technology, woodworking and textiles.
- Signage: many materials make a CNC machine ideal for signage, such as DiBond, acrylic and MDF. All of our CNC machines come with fully optimum vacuum beds for standard size sheet material such as 8’x’4.
- Engineering: within the VCarve software designs can be produced easily, allowing prototypes and components to be produced with ease.
- Aerospace: a CNC machine can process soft metals such as aluminium and brass with the use of the automatic or manual tool lubrication system.
- Plastic fabrication: many plastics such as acrylic, polycarbonate and polypropylene can be cut with precision and clean edges on all of the Opus CNC machines.
VCarve PRO Software
All Opus CNC machines come with VCarve Pro software, a powerful, responsive, intuitive, easy-to-use programme. VCarve Pro software is ideally suited to working with both the Olympus and Pegasus machines. With VCarve Pro, you can:
- Create complex, intricate 2D patterns
- Create v-carving textures
- Import single or 3D files
- Import designs using other software
- Use a full suite of editing and drawing tools
VCarve Pro covers 2D routing processes, including pocketing, auto-inlays, profiling and drilling and 2.5D operations, including prism carving, v-carving, fluting, decorative texturing and moulding.
If you have questions about specific models or you need advice about buying a CNC machine or deciding which product is the best fit, contact us today. We have a friendly team available to take calls and respond to emails. We can give you general information about CNC machines and their uses and benefits, provide details about our Olympus range and Pegasus CNC machines and offer advice based on your requirements. We can recommend models based on your needs and your budget and answer questions about maintenance, warranties and prices.
To find out more, simply give us a call, email us or get in touch online.