Custom plastic parts require production methods and tools that can deliver with precision. If one measurement, trim pattern, or hole is off even slightly throughout that process, it can result in scrapped parts that don’t match customer specifications. Fortunately for Osborne’s growing group of leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), automated CNC machining services are available to ensure accuracy with every round of production.
What is a CNC machine?
Short for computer numerical control, a CNC machine is a motorized, maneuverable tool that is automated and controlled by an intelligent computer. However, before the machine does anything, its actions are designed by a skilled craftsman who manages and programs the entire process. Because of that collaboration between humans and machines, CNC machines are considered superior to those that rely solely on humans for all aspects of the job.
What does a CNC machine do?
Preparing a mold or part for CNC machining services typically involves four main inputs: a skilled engineer or designer, CAD software such as SolidWorks™ (to design a part or mold), CAM software such as Mastercam™ (to develop the code for machining), and the CNC-router itself (to interpret and translate the machining code into automated tasks).
The five-axis CNC routers perform a multitude of automated tasks required to create patterns, molds, and secondary finishing tasks for custom-molded parts. Some tasks include:
What materials are used with a CNC machine?
Traditionally, CNC machines can be used for various materials like metal, plastic, wood, ceramic, and composites. CNC routing capabilities at Osborne work in lockstep with two molding techniques, Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) and Reaction Injection Molding (RIM), and ensure each custom composite part meets the exact customer specifications for size, shape, and configuration.
Who can benefit from CNC machining services?
Since a CNC machine’s actions are automated, each finished product is created both quickly and accurately. The reality is that any OEM looking to create a custom plastic part for their application would benefit from automated CNC machining services. Plus, Osborne customers can take advantage of the breadth of services offered at Osborne—including our in-house engineering, mold-building, metal fabrication, and more—for a one-stop-shop solution to tackle any molding challenges.
Interested in learning more about the capabilities of our CNC machining services and how these powerful tools can lower your costs and increase the quality of your parts? Contact the team at Osborne Industries or request a project quote to get started!