What is CNC?

CNC stands for Computer Numerically Controlled and basically means that the physical movements of the machine are controlled by instructions, such as co-ordinate positions that are generated using a computer.

The term “CNC Machine” is typically used to refer to a device that uses a rotating cutting tool which moves in 3 or more axes (X, Y and Z) to cut-out or carve parts in different types of materials. The information below will focus on what are typically referred to as “CNC Routers” although it would be applicable to most CNC milling and engraving machines too.

What materials can a CNC machine cut?

Almost any material can be used on a CNC machine. It really depends on the application.

How much does a CNC machine cost?

This all depends on size and your proposed usage of the machine, prices can be from $400 to $50,000.

Would a CNC be useful for me or my business?

CNC's are beneficial for creating what some may create by hand but with more accuracy and efficiency

Is your software usable if I have no experience?

Yes, our tutorial video's have been designed to walk you through the process step by step.

What can you make with a CNC?

CNC’s are incredibly versatile and allow you to cut a variety of different types of product and materials. The exact abilities of a machine will vary with size, rigidity and power. Typically most CNC routers can cut soft and hard wood, plastics, other composites and non-ferrous metals.

CNC users range from hobbyists who build their own machines through to large companies with industrial equipment costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

With the right software a CNC can make a huge selection of things, just a few of the amazing products created by Vectric customers are:

  • Signage & Wall Art 
  • Custom Furniture
  • Plaques
  • Molds
  • Toys
  • Lithophanes
  • Clocks & Picture Frames
  • Mantels & Archways
  • Prototypes
  • Chests
What can you make on a CNC?

Where does Vectric fit into the process?

Although a CNC Router is an amazing piece of technology it will not do anything unless it receives instructions. Vectric software is designed to create the instructions (toolpaths) to tell the CNC how to move to create your projects.

The process of CNC Machining
  1. Collect Ideas, External Design work or data
  2. Create 2D & 3D* Designs in Vectric Software
  3. Generate Toolpaths and Simulate in 3D in Vectric Software
  4. Export Toolpaths ready for cutting in Vectric Software
  5. Transfer the Toolpaths to the CNC Control PC
  6. Load Toolpaths into the CNC Control Software
  7. Prepare the Machine with correct Tooling and Material to cut
  8. Run the CNC

*Aspire only for 3D Model creation