A Brief Introduction to CNC Machines

CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control. A CNC machine plays an integral role within the design, construction and manufacturing industries.  With their high performance, they provide effective, efficient solutions for many businesses and organisations. Our state of the art CNC machines are capable of handling a diverse range of projects, offering benefits for companies and manufacturers that work with a broad spectrum of materials, including wood, plastic and metals.

Using innovative computer technology, CNC machines automate control, providing fast, cost-effective solutions that minimise the risk of human error, reduce waste and supercharge productivity.

Manual tool change CNC router
Olympus CNC
Olympus CNC
Olympus Pro
Olympus PRO CNC
Olympus ATC
Olympus ATC CNC
Pegasus ATC CNC

What are the advantages of a CNC Machine?

If you are toying with the idea of buying a machine, it’s natural to want to understand the benefits. Investing in a CNC machine and the different types of CNC machines, 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
  • Accurate cutting tool
  • Servo Motors
  • Complex machinery
  • Cutting of soft materials
  • CNC milling machines
  • CNC Machining makes 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
  • Improved manufacturing process
  • Cutting tools
  • Increasing productivity and mass production
Kitchen Cabinetry
Campervan Conversions
Furniture Makers
Boat Manufacturing

What is a CNC machine used for?

Most CNC machines are versatile and different to a CNC milling machine and CNC lathes, and they offer benefits for a wide range of organisations and companies. The CNC programming allows multiple uses and the machine tools increase that. Here are some examples of how a CNC machine can be 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, and projects, such as van conversions.

Education: many departments within schools and universities can utilise CNC machining 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.

Tips for purchasing a CNC machine for CNC machining

Purchasing a new CNC machine for CNC machining is an exciting prospect, but it’s understandable to have questions and concerns about making the right decision. If you are investing in a machine, you want to make the right choice. It can be daunting to spend a large sum of money, especially if you are new to the world of CNC machinery. The Opus team is on hand to help you make the right decision for your organisation.

Whether you know exactly what you want, or you’re unsure which machine would be best for you, our experienced, knowledgeable team is here to help. We can provide detailed information about the products we stock, as well as offering tailored recommendations based on your requirements, your preferences and your budget.

If you have any questions, or you’d like to speak to an adviser to find out more about our products or seek advice about which investment makes sense for your business, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Why buy CNC machines from Opus CNC?

At Opus CNC, we specialise in providing cutting-edge CNC routers for clients across several industries who require CNC machining. We source and stock high-quality machines that offer an array of benefits for the CNC process and cater to the varied requirements of our customers. As well as providing the best machines and CNC technology, we offer unrivalled customer support. We are here to help every step of the way. From the first enquiry to maintenance and repairs, our skilled, experienced engineers are on hand to answer questions, address concerns and keep your business moving. We are proud to have 5-star reviews and we strive to make sure that every customer would recommend Opus to others.

All our CNC machines are covered by a comprehensive 2-year warranty, which covers parts and labour. We also offer an option to extend the warranty to five years.


VCarve Pro Software

All Opus CNC machines come with VCarve Pro cad software, a commonly used powerful, responsive, intuitive, easy-to-use programme. This is a pre programmed computer software for most machining operation. VCarve Pro software is ideally suited to working with both the Olympus and Pegasus machines. With VCarve Pro which is computer aided design, 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.