2022 New Knowledge | How to choose a CNC woodworking machining center?

In recent years, custom furniture has developed rapidly, and high-efficiency CNC woodworking machining centers frequently appear in major exhibitions, with a variety of styles and more and more complete functions. But do we really know it? In the face of the various CNC woodworking machining center products on the market, how to choose?


1. What is a CNC woodworking machining center?

When it comes to CNC woodworking machining centers, we cannot fail to mention CNC machine tools.

CNC machine tool is the rapid development of woodworking and furniture machinery industry in recent years, CNC woodworking milling machine (including CNC milling machine, CNC engraving machine, etc.) as representative, CNC woodworking machining center, CNC woodworking lathe, CNC woodworking sawing machine, Crosscut Saw CNC, etc., are forming a complete category, a wide range of patterns, becoming the promotion of woodworking and furniture machinery A major force in the development of the industry.


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optimizing cross cut saw


The CNC woodworking machining center is not only more technologically advanced and more user-friendly, but also has higher processing precision, effectively reducing the labor intensity of workers and the requirements for workers’ operation skills.

To understand CNC machining centers, literally, “CNC” and “machining center” are two keywords. How can I understand it?

First of all, “numerical control” is “digital control”, which we often call CNC (Computer Controlled Control), a control system that logically processes programs with control codes or other symbolic instructions, and decodes them through a computer, so that the machine tool performs the prescribed actions.

Secondly, machining centers are developed from CNC milling machines. The biggest difference from the CNC milling machine is that the machining center has the ability to automatically exchange machining tools. By installing tools for different purposes on the tool magazine, the machining tool on the spindle can be changed through the automatic tool changer in one clamping, and various machining functions can be realized.

Therefore, CNC machining centers are high-efficiency automated machine tools composed of mechanical equipment and CNC systems suitable for machining complex parts.


2. How to choose a CNC woodworking machining center?


2.1 The choice of precision

The accuracy of the machine tool of the CNC woodworking machining center has a crucial influence on the processing quality of the product.

First, consider the accuracy of the machine itself. The rigidity of the machine tool determines whether the bed is stable, but the processing technology of the machine tool determines the accuracy of the machine itself. For example, the bed needs to be annealed by heat treatment, natural aging, and vibration aging to eliminate stress and ensure the rigidity of the machine tool.

Second, consider the accuracy of the guide rail of the CNC woodworking machining center. At present, there are three types of roller linear guides, cylindrical linear guides and ball linear guides on the market. The first two are slightly lower in speed and accuracy, and the latter are slow and accurate and should be selected according to actual needs.

Again, consider the accuracy of the screw. The screw is the most commonly used transmission element in machine tools and precision machinery. Its main function is to convert rotary motion into linear motion or torque to axial repetitive force, while combining the characteristics of high precision, reversibility, and high efficiency.


2.2 Machine tool parameter selection

The first parameters to refer to when selecting a CNC woodworking center are the effective stroke range and maximum machining size.

Generally speaking, a workbench slightly larger than the machined plate should be selected to allow space for fixing the plate or installing fixtures. The bearing capacity of the workbench should also be considered, and if the bearing capacity is insufficient, consider increasing the size of the table to improve the bearing capacity.


2.3 Selection of spindle

Different power should be selected for different materials. For example, the spindle below 3.0KW is used for processing ordinary acrylic plates, and the vibration amplitude of the low-power spindle is stable to ensure the smooth surface of the processed material and the effect is relatively good.


2.4 Automatic tool change device

The automatic tool change system is an important part of the CNC woodworking machining center. It mainly transfers the tools needed for machining from the tool magazine to the spindle tool holder.

The tool magazine structure and the way the tool exchange works affect the tool change efficiency of the machine tool. The commonly used tool magazine forms in machining centers are row type, hat type, and disc type. These three forms of jack-type tool magazines have fast tool change and accurate tool position. More advanced are servo drive systems, such as Japan’s Yaskawa, which have large torque, high precision, and fast speed.


2.5 control system

The control system is the “brain” of the CNC woodworking machining center, which allocates and commands the whole machining process.

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