CNC Metal Spinning: Fully Automated
How were items completed without the use of computers back in the day? It is amazing how civilizations such as the Mayans could build Chitzen Itza, the Incans could build Machu Picchu and the Egyptians could build pyramids that are still standing today without the use of computers or modern technology. The craftsmanship of those ancient civilizations are immeasurable, and in today’s day and age it probably would not be cost effective or time effective to make things the “old fashioned way.”
In today’s day and age of metal spinning, there are two ways to complete it: manually and with CNC machining. Metal spinning is a cold working process, meaning that the whole process is done at or near room temperature whereas other types of metalworking processes require heat to form and shape metals. In order to spin metal manually a highly skilled technician must be present so that the metal is spun precisely.
When the metal spinning process is automated it uses CNC lathes. The machine is controlled electronically where the program and design can be modified. The computer-style interface shows a simulated view of the process. CNC lathes are known for their precision, ease of operation and ability to repeat the same action in high volumes are replacing older lathes.
Prior to CNC metal spinning, only soft metals like copper and brass could be spun. With CNC lathes hard metals like steel, aluminum and titanium can be spun. CNC metal spinners spans across multiple industries: cookware, marine, aerospace, filtration, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, military, lighting and medical. Virtually all metal products and components in those industries are made using CNC metal spinning.
Although CNC metal spinning is an economically sound option for companies, it requires regular, routine maintenance. A combination of accurate production, lower labor costs and low accident rates make CNC metal spinning a more profitable alternative than doing it manually.