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July 12, 2019

5 CNC machine uses and applications

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5 uses and applications of CNC machines

  1. Signage
  2. Cabinets and furniture
  3. Aluminum and brass machining
  4. Prototyping and 3D modeling
  5. Musical instruments

CNC machines have a number of advantages – boosting efficiency and precision while reducing waste in your shop – but one of their greatest advantages is their versatility. They can be used to effectively cut materials across a wide range of industries and applications for both at-home hobbyists and large-scale production shops.

Here are some of the most effective uses for CNC machines and how you can use a CNC router or CNC plasma to improve your work from initial programming to final cut.


an apartment complex sign reading the park at buckingham

Whether you’re creating a small-scale 2D project or a more complex 3D signage component, a CNC machine can get the job done quickly and cleanly. CNC routers are capable of skillfully working with a wide range of materials, including foam, wood, plastic, acrylic, aluminum, brass, and more.

Machines featuring a vision system will provide increased efficiency and accuracy for users needing to quickly register a tool path when crafting signage or carvings. The ability to create ADA-compliant signage is also essential for many modern sign shops, requiring a CNC machine capable of intelligently producing results featuring tactile text, braille, character spacing, and more to comply with the complex ADA signage regulations.

ShopSabre’s machines can do all of this and more, allowing you to use either existing .DXF files and photographs or to create new designs from scratch with our easy-to-use controls.

Cabinets and furniture

a wooden kitchen

Cabinet manufacturing is one of the most common applications for CNC machines, whether used to create customized or more standard pieces. In addition to cabinetry, CNCs help shops produce closet sets, Shaker and Raised Panel Doors, countertops, chairs, tables, and more with immense precision and unrivaled efficiency.

Intricate cabinetry and furniture designs are easily brought to life via 2D, 3D, and 4-Axis capabilities, delivering an elegantly smooth finish at the moment of completion. Reduce lead times, minimize material handling, and elevate the quality of your cabinetmaking process through the power of a high-end CNC machine.

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Aluminum and brass machining

a restaurant sign being manufactured

Working with non-ferrous metals like aluminum and brass requires increased cutting capability from your CNC machine – in addition to a little more attention and preparation. But when done properly, it can save time and money in the shop while producing a superior result.

Determining and utilizing the proper feedrate and spindle RPM becomes more important when working with aluminum or brass as they interact a bit differently with the blade than other materials.

The industry experts at ShopSabre can work with you to answer any questions you have on machining aluminum or brass and to help find the right CNC router for your specific application. Contact us to get started on your next machining project.

Prototyping and 3D modeling

a prototype of a robotic machine

Precise modeling and prototyping are essential to the success of the production process. Without that precision, you’re not adequately able to assess the full potential and next steps of your concept.

A CNC machine allows you to scan, copy, engineer, and reverse-engineer components to help craft innovative and advanced products. The production speeds of CNC routers and CNC plasmas also allow you to accelerate project timelines as you quickly and accurately create lifelike prototypes to inform future decision-making.

Musical instruments

a violin in the woods

The precision capabilities of CNC machines are perhaps never more crucial than when creating musical instruments. Every component needs to be cut to exact specifications and made to interact properly in order to produce a beautiful range of sounds.

CNC routers help musical instrument manufacturers produce large quantities of high-quality products on an efficient timeline, never sacrificing the performance of the pieces at any point throughout the process.

CNCs also excel in creating one-of-a-kind instruments via one-time projects so manufacturers can provide customers with a unique result that meets their exact needs.

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ShopSabre’ s industry-best CNC machines provide precision, efficiency, and total versatility to help shops produce truly outstanding results with a fraction of the labor. Let the machine do the work.

Get a quote today to give your next project a boost toward unmatched results.

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