|Cost of learning CNC is well worth it|
|Be a student|
Be a student
There’s no way to “kind of” operate CNC. Be prepared for a huge learning curve. You can dramatically reduce your anxiety level if you ease into it by learning to use CAD as well as cabinet design software. It’s not necessary to have to learn everything at once. Most anyone can turn on a saw and get some cutting done without a lot of training. CNC operation will require a little more finesse to make it a viable piece of equipment. It’s just a big expensive boat anchor until you learn how to operate it.
As with any computer-related device or machine, the “garbage in, garbage out” rule applies. An operator who is very computer literate and also a dynamite cabinetmaker is a huge plus. It works best to have somebody with both sets of skills in the driver’s seat.
It’s beneficial to get your machine working as soon as possible after you acquire it. At the time of our CNC purchase, we had two people who were proficient in CAD or cabinet-design software. Within a few weeks after we unloaded the KOMO MACH II CNC from the truck and the crane operators jockeyed the machine into position, we were cutting our first kitchen project. Even so, armed with this previous CAD and CabinetWare knowledge, it took us a year to become profitable with this new tool addition.
There is so much to learn. Selecting the right tooling and learning the correct cutting-speed programming for various materials are all time-consuming. It definitely costs to learn.
Have a plan
There are quite a few advantages CNC has given us. We can more efficiently control how our one-of-a-kind creations assemble together. If proper design and planning are done on the drawing board, and parts are correctly CNC-cut with all possible machining, drilling and shaping, your shop will be able to produce more.
Things such as mounting drawer slides and hinge plates with ultra-
precision hole placement has decreased final assembly time significantly. We can now make arched moldings in a cost-effective manner. It is so nice to have this fine technology at our disposal when designing. It is a lot easier to jump outside the box and beat your competitor with a nicer product. I am definitely an advocate of CNC. Just have a good plan and it should work for you.