CNC Machining in the Automotive Industry

June 10, 2020

The automotive industry is continually making advances with the use of automation and robotics to improve automotive production and design. CNC machining is the newest automated technology to transform automotive manufacturing processes.

What Is CNC Machining?

Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) machining is a computer-controlled manufacturing process for producing precise parts using many different materials, from plastics to metals and more. To create the parts, CNC machines send computerized instructions to motorized tools such as a lathe or drill. The tool uses those instructions to turn a block of material into the finished product.

This process can be used in automotive production to create engine parts, interior and headlight lighting, suspension components, carburetor housings, exhaust parts and more.

Advantages of CNC Machining

There are many advantages to using CNC machining in the automotive industry, including:

  • Increased production speed: Compared to traditional machining, CNC machining offers much faster production times. Since it is an automated process, there are no human limitations like fatigue to contend with. The computer instructions can also be repeated as many times as necessary, so the process works best for producing large amounts of a part quickly.
  • PrecisionThe potential for production errors is greatly reduced with the automated, computerized process of CNC machining. Fine tolerances are required in the automotive industry, so the high level of accuracy is extremely important.
  • Repeatability: Because a CNC machining job can be repeated as many times as needed, it is particularly useful for producing large volumes of a single component. And since parts must be consistent from batch to batch, the repeatability factor is a big advantage in the automotive industry.
  • Streamlined process: CNC machines handle all production steps for a streamlined process, so employees can focus on innovation and design.
  • Reduced costs: The efficiency of CNC machining results in cost savings for companies.

The Future of CNC Machining

CNC machining is undergoing further innovation with the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in CNC machines. AI helps to reduce downtime and maintain consistent, high-quality output, with automatic adjustments made when necessary.

AI-assisted CNC machining is also increasing and enhancing the production of self-driving cars. With the help of AI, CNC machines can be used to design components with a feedback mechanism to help the cars self-drive.

As this technology continues to develop, AI will likely become smart enough to connect with CAD software and correct design errors. Eventually, AI-assisted CNC machines could be able to improve and generate automotive part designs.

CNC Machining With Summit Steel

At Summit Steel, we offer state-of-the-art, custom CNC machined parts and services. All of our parts are manufactured with precision in our in our climate-controlled shop for consistent, high-quality results.

We have been providing metal fabrication services for over 25 years to a variety of industries, including the automotive industry. For more information about our services, contact us today.

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