What is Dynamic Milling?

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How Does Dynamic Milling Work? There are a lot of machining terms that get thrown around, and chances are you’ve heard of dynamic milling. So, what is dynamic milling, and what do you need to use it? What is a Dynamic Milling Strategy? Faster CNC milling machines and advancements in their control software have led […]

Making Parts on a CNC Milling Machine

How to Make Parts with a CNC Milling Machine 101 Phase 1) It’s Design Time CAD It You have a part idea in mind and need to design it, so where do you start? With a Computer-Aided Design aka CAD program. The software enables you to bring a photo, drawing, or specs from an idea […]

Difference Between 3-axis, 4-axis, and 5-axis Milling

What’s the Difference Between 3-axis, 4-axis, and 5-axis Milling? These days, CNC technology has evolved to include touchscreen controls, robots, and multiple-axis machines. For those that are brand new to the world of machining and bringing your manufacturing in-house, it’s daunting to figure out what kind of equipment you need. To provide a better idea […]

DATRON CNC Integrated Probe Simplifies Workpiece Setup

Simplify Your Workpiece Setup with DATRON’s Integrated Probe and Smart Control Why would an integrated probe and smart CNC control make a world of difference to manufacturers and machinists? Because in the real world, material blanks are not perfectly flat or consistently uniform. That makes it challenging to meet tight tolerances if each stock has […]

AVBotz Robotic Submarines

This blog was updated in August 2022, to announce the grand results of RoboSub 2022. AVBotz placed 2nd out of 39 teams in the Autonomy Challenge. We are so proud of the team’s hard work and determination! Robotic Submarines and DATRON West: The Story of AVBotz The future of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) is being […]

5 CNC Machining Tips for Beginners

5 High-Speed CNC Machining Tips for Beginners Machining the perfect part is a journey of trial and error, especially as CNC technology evolves. With so many factors influencing your machining process, it’s hard for a new machinist to know where to start. We’ve put together 5 high-speed CNC machining tips to help you achieve the […]

Semiconductor Parts Made on DATRON

Making Semiconductor Parts on a DATRON If your product needs to process information, you need a microchip. From smartphones and cars to everyday appliances like refrigerators, microchips (also known as a semiconductors or Integrated Circuits) are created by Fabrication Plants (aka Fabs). In 2020, more than 900 billion computer chips were manufactured worldwide, with Asia […]

Lithophane on a DATRON neo

Making a Lithophane on a DATRON neo A lithophane is a type of 3D artwork that is etched or molded into a very thin translucent material, like plastic. The design can only be clearly seen when back lit and changes in the light source will also cause changes in the lithophane scene, making it more […]

DATRON next© Control Changes the CNC Industry

The DATRON next© control CNC software is one of those smart technologies that comes along and just improves how we work. After years of manual data entry, painstakingly slow part set-up, rerunning jobs due to set-up errors, and going from machine to machine to check job status – suddenly, that’s all behind us. DATRON next© […]

Small Aluminum Parts Machining

Most Efficient Way To Machine Small Aluminum Parts We’ve all been there. A job comes in that needs small cutting tools, and all we have is a 40-Taper VMC. So, we figure just put on some adapters to run the small tools. That should work, right? But then we find that old workhorse that hogs […]

Microsoft R&D Uses DATRON CNC Machines For Rapid Prototyping

Microsoft R&D Uses DATRON CNC Machines For Rapid Prototyping Microsoft’s “Building 87” is a massive complex of laboratories that house some of the most advanced manufacturing technologies in the world, so it comes as no surprise to find over a dozen DATRON CNC machining systems there. Microsoft recognized early on that DATRON’s innovative technology was […]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About The DATRON M8 Cube

Buying things sight-unseen has become the norm in the modern era of Amazon and all things e-commerce. However, there are still some things that you really owe it to yourself to see in person first before pulling the trigger. When it comes to CNC machines, we’re firm believers in always trying to get a customer […]

Breaking the CNC Machining Bottleneck

Fast Tracking your ROI by Producing More Parts, Not Setups There’s a lot to be said for flexing your creative muscles in manufacturing. Shop owners and machine operators alike can appreciate the situation of being presented a square peg and having to force it through a round hole – and still getting it done. Thinking […]

9 Things You Need to Know About Vacuum Chucks

Understanding how vacuum chucks work, and how they can make your life easier. We answer questions about our machines daily, but sometimes, we receive even more interest in our vacuum tables (also known as vacuum chucks). Although vacuum tables are not an uncommon accessory in the CNC machining world, DATRON approaches them differently, making them […]

Turning Your Garage Into a Factory: Manufacturing RF Waveguides at Home

BNC Engineering talks about bringing CNC capabilities in-house for manufacturing RF Waveguides. Nestled in the outskirts of Seattle, amidst a quaint residential neighborhood, you’ll find a rather modest garage that is packing some serious manufacturing capability. This little workshop is the home to BNC Engineering, a business specializing in RF, microwave, and millimeter wave test […]

A Race Car in a World of Tractor Trailers

Building Machines for Speed & Efficiency Means Doing Things Differently Machines for speed & efficiency – but what about weight? I’ve heard it hundreds of times. At trade shows, during demonstrations, in online forums, on social media… It usually goes like this: Person asks: “How much does this machine weigh?” I respond: “This DATRON weighs […]

How to Protect Intellectual Property

How to Protect Your Intellectual Property Lately, our blog has featured a great deal of information, with posts featuring tips, how-to’s, and the overall benefits of setting up in-house prototyping. Of all the benefits we’ve explained, there is a major advantage that is worth emphasizing for its larger reach beyond your in-house prototyping lab. Protecting […]

Generative Design, Prototyping, and CNC Milling

When tasked with bringing prototyping in-house or building your own prototyping lab, you might find there is an overwhelming wealth of information to evaluate. From capabilities to costs, space requirements, and concerns over noise, vibration, waste, and energy efficiency, the ability to isolate and act on your operation’s specific needs can be complicated. This is […]

How DATRON Optimizes Your Workflow from Start to Finish

DATRON Optimizes Your Workflow From Start to Finish When it comes to optimizing your CNC workflow from start to finish, DATRON has it down to a science. We’ve refined our processes and products to seamlessly support your operation’s manufacturing ambitions, making it possible for anyone to make just about anything. Here, we’ll take you through […]

Autodesk and DATRON a Winning Combination

  In the case of DATRON, Autodesk worked directly with DATRON AG in Germany which has resulted in MCR and SIMPL posts for DATRON “next” control software used with machines like our M8Cube, as well as an ISO post and a dedicated post processor for the DATRON C5 5-axis machine. The Result of Autodesk and DATRON Collaboration As a […]

What is Generative Design?

In the past, an engineer would make a part or product by developing a drawing in CAD. The drawing would be the result of that engineer’s experience, imagination (creativity), and historical data (how similar parts have been made before). Generative design is optimization and problem solving based on a number of criteria defined by the […]

How It All Got Started – Company President Reflects

In 1984, upon graduating from University with a degree in Industrial Design, I started working for the family business. We manufactured architectural signage and wayfinding systems for larger corporate offices and retail shopping malls. I was working on product development along with manufacturing practices used in production. In 1995, I was involved in a project […]

CNC Programming for Batch Machining

Today, we’re going to answer a question that we get a lot – how do I program for batch machining? What is Batch Machining? “I need to make identical parts in one fixture. Should I take first position as a program zero or do I need to find zero point for each part and store […]