With technology advancing and accelerating the way it is today, there is no limit to the level of creativity an individual can achieve. Some even go as far as to say that one’s design creativity is only limited by the imagination.
Well, it just so happens that this idea is true for the use of advanced machine tools in manufacturing. The capability that these machine tools, CNC routers and machining centers can achieve is immeasurable.
Not only is it amazing to be able to see an idea brought to life by one of these machines, but the machine tools can actually inspire creativity in the minds of engineers, designers and creators because of the limitless capabilities that the machine has and can accomplish.
Many customers approach companies dedicated to manufacturing machine tools with a very specific idea in mind for a product. After spending some time working with company programmers and designers, it is more common than not for the customer to completely alter his or her original product idea.
Why, you may ask?
Often, the customer does not initially realize the full potential and capability of CNC machinery. It is at the time that the customer comes to the realization that the product solutions are limitless, that creativity is fully sparked within the imagination. Their product itself begins to change shape because now they realize that it is even easier than they could have even imagined to make a complex part.
What starts as a simple idea adapts into a more complex and intricate design as the capability of the machine tool comes into consciousness. The detail contouring which CNC machinery and machine tools can accomplish is incredible.
In fact, a good example of this kind of creativity occurred just a couple weeks ago in our factory. A group of engineering students from the University of Colorado at Boulder approached our company in an effort to get some help with their senior design project. After collaborating with a few members of the company, the students came up with a plan and design for an impressive experimental car, in which we were able to assist them with machining the parts.
The detail contouring which CNC machinery and machine tools can accomplish is incredible.
[/pullquote]Because of the versatility of machine tools, the mold material that will be used to make the students’ car was cut on one of our CNC routers. The engineering students’ senior design project started off with just an idea of what they wanted their end product to be, which was then quickly transformed to life with the use and capability of the CNC router.
With the software that exists today for these impressive machine tools, there is no restraint on the goals one can accomplish.
In fact, this technology does not only transform ideas into life, it inspires the creators and designers to think outside the box and develop new ideas that they did not think were possible.
While in other aspects of life creativity may be confined and restricted, it is truly limitless with the use of advanced machine tools in manufacturing.
Patrick Bollar is the CEO of Diversified Machine Systems. This is a monthly column submitted on behalf of the Pikes Peak Manufacturing Partnership.