CNC drilling and tapping machines are typically used for both structural and non-structural applications. While the former is mostly found in the area of masonry or heavy manufacturing industries, the latter is more common in engineering and construction.
For structures such as concrete buildings and other commercial and residential structures, these machines can help reduce construction time while making assembly and installation a lot easier. They are also ideal for the fast-paced environment of construction. On the other hand, these machines can be especially beneficial in the non-structural field. Whether in the home renovation or remodeling, remodeling of industrial areas or mobile kitchens, these machines are highly suited for their uses.
For home projects, these machines are best suited for use on areas with tight bends, angles and straight-stops where a screwdriver or hammer can’t reach. These machines offer a range of tools, including round nose screwdrivers, standard and specialty Philips head screwdrivers, drill bits and carpenters’ chisels. They can also use either standard or specialized wrenches.
Some people prefer to use a CNC drilling and tapping machine to aid in metal work, especially drilling and cutting. Cutting the areas with these machines are done using low speed, high torque cutting-materials. In the first instance, the pilot hole, which is drilled at the beginning of the process, is ground down, providing it a smooth surface. Thereafter, this center-hole is drilled by the machine itself.
As the tool cuts through the material, the cutting is started by the operator. The machine will engage the chisel head of the operator, allowing him to make the cut with precision. One benefit of this process is that the process can be repeated at will, without the need to wait for another round of material to arrive.
Commonly, these machines feature a hexagonal bit, used for circular cutting operations, and often come with a set of commercial-grade screwdrivers, which can be used for cutting some non-circular edges. The bit can also be used for drilling in either a horizontal or vertical manner. It is important to use a suitable wood clamp, if the bit will be used for drilling into hard woods.
While not necessarily an integral part of the machine, many of these tools are user-friendly, particularly when it comes to use in highly congested areas. Others are much larger, usually having up to six arms, which enable them to perform more complex jobs. However, there are some CNC drilling and tapping machines, which are compact and lightweight, as well as not being very noisy. This is usually the case in workshops where space is limited.
As long as you know what you’re looking for, it should be easy to find the right equipment for your project. Indeed, it is possible to locate a lot of this machinery online, via sites such as Amazon, eBay and Amazon.com.