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In recent years, Manufacturing as a Service (MaaS) has made inroads into the CNC sector, and this trend will continue in 2021. MaaS accomplishes manufacturing through the use of networked resources.
FREMONT, CA: The technological progress of the computer numerical control sector has been hastened by the circumstances of 2020. 2021 offers a variety of exciting changes that will change the face of the industry, with a renewed focus on automation and waste reduction and a heightened sense of urgency. Right now, as it becomes increasingly difficult to find qualified programmers and machine operators, and with manufacturing on the rise, many organizations are switching to automation and machines with attached robots to assist them in keeping up with the market's pace.
Here are the three Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining trends one can expect to see in 2021.
The Use Of 5-Axis And 6-Axis Machines Will Continue to Grow
Factory use of 5-axis machines has become increasingly cost-effective. It is well-known for its ability to rotate smoothly around the X and Y axes. However, in 2019, the 6-axis machine was introduced, which improved efficiency and speed by adding an additional spin around the Z-axis. As a result of the increase, cut times are faster and more items are produced in a shorter time. Cutting time can be reduced by up to 75 percent with a 6-axis CNC milling machine. Zimmerman Milling has up a fantastic video that explains the differences between a 5-axis and 6-axis CNC mill.
MaaS Will Become More Popular
In recent years, MaaS has made inroads into the CNC sector, and this trend will continue in 2021. MaaS accomplishes manufacturing through the use of networked resources. The expense of maintaining and operating the CNC equipment is shared among the service's subscribers. MaaS allows businesses to be more flexible, productive, and cost-effective. Companies will seek out additional supply chain networks via MaaS as a result of COVID-19's impact. Companies will want to avoid the supply chain disruptions that the pandemic caused. Having a larger supply chain network will help them prepare for whatever happens next.
More Robots and Cobots on the Machine Shop Floor
In the past, robots and cobots (collaborative robots) were utilized in CNC machining; as the labor force declined, robots alleviated some of the burdens. Collaborative robots are efficient, adaptable, and built to operate with people. Cobots will be able to perform more like machine learning advances and becomes increasingly integrated into programming. This, perhaps, will reduce factory accidents. Humans will, nevertheless, be required to assist in the operation and maintenance of the cobots.
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