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CNC Machining and Manufacturing Techniques

Looking to learn more about how to make your CNC Manufacturing operations more efficient? You've come to the right place. This is where we've gathered up all our content to create a Cookbook focused on CNC Manufacturing and Machining Techniques.

Whether you're at the very beginning of your journey to manufacture your own product, starting a new machine shop, or running an established operation and looking for ideas on how to improve productivity, this is where you'll find that sort of information on CNCCookbook.

Table of Contents

Here are the articles available for maximizing your CNC Manufacturing.

Basic Concepts Every CNC Machinist Should Know

       Introduction: Learning how to think about productivity in CNC Manufacturing by analyzing the workflow.

       CNC Manufacturing Workflow: Optimize each part of the cycle to improve productivity.

       Where to Start Saving: Cycle Time or Setup Time?

       What Do Top Shops Do Differently? Learn about Best Practices the Top Shops have that others don't yet.

       10 Strategies for Managing the Feast or Famine Job Shop

       Lean Manufacturing Principles: Try our multi-part mini-course to get you up to speed on Lean Manufacturing fast.


Articles By Manufacturing Workflow Stage

Order & Design Take the Order, design the Part, and prepare the g-code and any other machine inputs

Design Discussion & Specification

Cost Estimation & Quotation


Order Committed







CNC Design for Manufacturing (DFM)

Cost Estimating for Machining and Manufacturing

    CNC Machine Hourly Rate Calculator


3 Step Process for Choosing CAD Software

2014 CNCCookbook CAM Software Survey
3D CAM Toolpath Fundamentals

What a Difference a Radius Makes: CAD/CAM Trick
How to Choose a Stepover
Thinking About High Speed Machining, Corners, and Stepover
How to Choose Cut Depth and Cut Width


Rough Stock & Consumables Obtain rough stock and consumables and cut to size for loading in machines

Rough Stock
- Order
- Inventory
- Cut to Size

- Order
- Inventory
- Tool Setting

Bandsaw, Waterjet, Laser or Plasma Cut Rough Stock?
Nesting Software from Sigma Tek to Maximize Rough Stock Utilization

Setup Prepare machine so it is ready for operator to produce multiple parts





Workholding and Fixturing






Load Program






Tooling, Workholding, and Fixturing Articles

(More than 10 articles)



Using DNC to Load G-Code Onto Your CNC Machines

Machining Actual CNC machining work

Load Stock






Optimizing G-Code







Forward Part to Finishing

CNC Machining Techniques Articles

(More than 10 articles)

Finishing Final preparation of the part before delivery

Finish Prep
- Deburr
- Polish
- Clean/Degrease


Finish (Anodize, Powder Coat, etc.)

Inspection/Quality Control


Definitive Guide to Deburring

The Fly Cutter Page: Best Surface Finish Tool in the Kit
Chip Fans for Clearing Chips
Satin Finish Burnishing Machines



Cosine Error and Dial Indicator Measurements

Overhead Routine activities not directly associated with the manufacture of a particular part


Routine Maintenance
- Coolant
- Machine Maintenance




CNC Chuck Maintenance: A Kitigawa Guest Post
5 Steps to Evaluating VMC Performance

Michigan Training Program Turns Out New Machinists in 6 Weeks


Intermediate Techniques

       4th Axis Basics: Multi-part article series on what a 4th axis can do, how they work, workholding, etc.

       C-Axis Turning and Live Tooling: What if your lathe was also a mill?

       5-Axis CNC Benefits: What are they doing that you can't?

       RAMTIC: Super Fast Precision Manufacturing on Cheap Machines (aka What you can do with probing)

       Horizontal vs Vertical Milling Machines

       - Two and a Half Men: Manufacturing at Straightline Components

High Speed Machining

Lights Out Machining

- Definitive Guide to Lights Out Manufacturing

- Why Shops Run More than One Shift

Job Cost Estimation


Lean Manufacturing

CNCCookbook Lean Manufacturing Principles Mini-Course


Resources for Starting CNC Businesses

Machine Shop Business Plan: How to go about putting one together with samples

Turning Pro and the Lunch Pail Manifesto

What Makes Your CNC Business Different?

50 Ideas for CNC Interview Questions




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Featured Articles

Step-By-Step Guide to Making CNC Parts

CNC Router Cutter Types

Why Use a Single Flute Endmill?

Step and Servo Motor Sizing

The Truth About Tool Deflection

10 TIps for Router Aluminum Cutting

2 Tools for Calculating Cut Depth and Stepover

CNC Machine Hourly Rate Calculator

Special Purpose CNC Calculators

Feeds and Speeds Guide

CNC Cutter Guide

Feeds and Speeds By Material

G-Code Tutorial

  Feed Rate Calculator

Sales, and Special Deals


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