As mentioned previously, the advent of CNC machines has brought about a radical change in the machining of wood, but also aluminium, cast iron, plastic, plexiglass, steel, brass, stone and marble.
In particular, automation has made it possible to:
- improve the quality of machining operations
- speed up the production chain
- increase turnover
More specifically, CNC pantograph machines have also introduced the concept of ‘repeatability’, further speeding up processing and optimising not only time, but also every stage of a company’s production process.
If used correctly, taking full advantage of its potential, a CNC pantograph can be used to carry out any type of machining operation, from the simplest (such as cutting shapes and engraving) to the most complex (bas-reliefs, sculptures, etc.) with greater speed, precision and flexibility.
Essentially, with CNC pantographs, a certain number of machining operations can be carried out “in series”, like a production line. The number of operations varies according to the number of moving axes managed via numerical control, which indicate the movements the machine can make between horizontal, vertical and transverse planes.
The axes allow the tool to be tilted in relation to the work table, providing greater flexibility of movement during machining.
As a rule, the CNC pantograph is configured with 3 axes (x, y, z), but it can be equipped with up to 5.
In the latter case, two further functions are added to the machine’s ability to work simultaneously in height, width and depth; these are:
- the rotation of the tool holder head
- the rotation of the workpiece