Experienced Plastic Sheet CNC Machining
Our experienced machinists can produce small or large batch quantities with high accuracy and high speed, making this an economic form of producing cut to shape plastic parts. Customers from the Conveyor Manufacturer to the high tech world of underwater exploration use Sentinels skilled staff to gain benefits, including cost saving and problem solving during the design process.
Examples of Materials CNC Machined
Polycarbonate, Lexan, Acrylic, Perspex, Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Tufnol, Nylon, PVC, Acetal, Delrin PETG.
How do Plastic CNC Routers Work
CNC Routers work with CAD (Computer-Assisted Design) and a toolpath program. These are where you programme the desired paths, select the cutter (or cutters) you intend to use. The software calculates the cutting instructions and the times required. Next, you secure the plastic, normally via a vacuum, but can be mechanically fixed, or both in some cases. Install the correct router bits in the tool holders and begin the routing process.
CNC routers cut in what are called three axes or directions. Up and down is the Z coordinate or axis. Think of left and right as the Y-axis. Forward and back could be called the X-axis. With a variety of bits and a computer program working in those three directions, the sky’s the limit. Only, the overall size of the machine’s bed and cutting range will determine the maximum workpiece size you can manipulate.