A one-size-fits-all cutting method does not go far with industrial products in high-intensity environments, such as aerospace, defense, and medical.
In fact, many traditional cutting methods cannot withstand the strength of high-grade materials, like fiberglass or carbon fiber weaves, those applications constitute.
K.R. Anderson offers precision knife cutting for prototypes, small runs, and hard-to-cut materials using a common process known as CNC Knife Cutting.
This method suffices for a wide variety of applications, particularly foam, plastics, silicone, rubber, wood, textiles, leather, composites, and packaging, all through a powerful machine known as the CNC router.
Benefits of CNC Knife Cutting
Manufacturers use a tactic called Computer Number Controlled (CNC) routing when working with durable materials.
Digitally programmed pathways guide the knife to make for a flawlessly precise cut. While lasers or other common cutting methods might lead to burnt edges of your material, jagged cuts, or discoloration, the precision yielded through CNC knife cutting omits these adversities.
Otherwise known as a sign or vinyl cutter, the CNC knife cutting process is also highly efficient compared to most common material cutting techniques.
Unlike other methods that tend to produce certain amounts of waste when cutting through material, the CNC routing method is extremely refined, clean, and well-regarded as one of the safest methods to adopt when cutting in any number of manufacturing environments.
Air pollution is a common emission of most cutting methods, but CNC routing is highly sustainable due to the minimal waste it creates. It is also one of the most cost-effective knife cutting solutions to implement.
CNC Routing & Knife Cutting Services
At K.R. Anderson, we lean toward CNC cutting in instances where prototyping might need to occur before the product development phase comes to completion.
The CNC cutting process allows for quick turnaround on one-off prototyping requests. It is a go-to solution in many instances where your material at hand cannot be cut using traditional cutting methods.
The CNC knife cutting process is also highly-adaptable. Depending on the product at hand, this technique can be adjusted to meet the requirements of the application. Certain tools and accessories can be added onto the machine for special requirements and alterations. This can be especially useful when cutting through robust or thick material on a delicate or fragile product.
Our advanced understanding of nesting allows us to maximize yields and minimize waste on expensive materials.
CNC Routing Techniques
Fly-knife cutting is a common technique used when making precise cuts that don’t require any form of sawing. This tool can be used for any application to deliver a precise cut, time and time again.
XY cutting tables have been an industry-standard tool for industrial material cutting. This technique is ideal for short-run production, but the ample number of accessories available to add to the XY cutting table enables it to take on most cutting procedures.
Typically used for wire and tubing applications, the auto cutting technique uses a programmed machine to deliver standardized cuts in an efficient, affordable and easily-operable way. This machine is ideal for simple cuts that require precision without requiring repetitive, manual operation.