At Smith Industries, we do both CNC and Conventional machining in our machine shop. But what does that mean? Keep reading, and you’ll find out.

Machining refers to the many processes that cut a piece of raw material into a desired shape through the controlled removal of the material.

To get a better idea of what this means, think of carving wood, which is one of the oldest examples of the controlled material removal process, where the carver uses hand tools to manually chip and file away at the piece of wood to create the shape they want.

Nowadays, machining typically involves harder materials, such as metals, and much more complex tools to do the same basic idea.

There are two types of machining:

  • CNC Machining
  • Conventional Machining

CNC stands for Computerized Numerical Control, and as the name implies, computers play a big role in this type of machining.  In fact, they take care of practically all aspects of the machining process, making it completely automated.

Conventional machining is the other side, where the machine tools are operated manually by an engineer. It’s a more involved process and requires a greater level of skill on the part of the engineer.

At Smith Industries, we do both kinds because we want you to have the options. Some projects are better suited for CNC, and others, Conventional, and we always pick the best choice depending on your project’s unique needs.