5 Benefits of CNC Machining in Architecture and Construction

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Architecture firms and construction companies are undergoing a cultural shift. One effect of this shift? CNC machines—and other materials manufacturing and customization tools—are an increasingly wise investment.

In 2019, Architecture Magazine ran an article that asked, Is a Fab Lab in Your Firm’s Future? The article explored the economic pressure on architecture firms to become multidisciplinary and to center client relationships. 

In the piece, architects note materials fabrication machinery serves those ends. 

Tools like the Syil X7 CNC machine make communicating with clients more precisely easier. They cut down design time by an order of weeks, often eliminate the need to re-work altogether, and facilitate customer buy-in.

Fundamentally, CNC machines streamline materials production and customization processes. This pays off both on a per-project basis, and by increasing client satisfaction—which leads to repeat customers.

Discover how CNC machines can take your architecture or construction work to the next level. Join us for this piece, and learn:

  • What exactly are CNC machines?
  • What type of CNC machines elevate architecture and construction?
  • Which of these machines’ benefits have the greatest impact on your work?

If you’re intrigued, read on.

What Are CNC Machines?

CNC machines are “computer numerical control” machines. These machines perform subtractive manufacturing tasks. They cut and shape raw materials to create products, components, or functional elements of a design. 

CNC machines automate part of the manufacturing process. They also automate parts of product design and iteration.

Developers create component designs on CAD software. Then, they convert the CAD design file into instructions the CNC machine can follow. They may do this manually, or they may use a CAM solution for the conversion. 

Mass production with CNC technology is faster and cheaper. It’s easier than ever to manufacture thousands of identical products. They can also produce custom and bespoke pieces.  

Types of Machining Technologies Used in Architecture and Construction

To create the functional elements, structures, and component parts of buildings, construction and architecture firms must turn solid, strong raw materials into precisely-fitted pieces. 

The nature of most raw materials for buildings—from steel to bamboo—is better suited to subtractive manufacturing than additive.

Additive manufacturing techniques, like 3D printing, do suit composite fluid materials like concrete. But, in most cases, you must cut away from a raw building material in order to shape it. 

Thus, CNC machines for architecture firms are increasingly commonplace. There are three ways architects approach this shaping.

1. Drilling

In construction and architecture, CNC machine drilling bores holes in a stationary workpiece. This lets the piece connect with bolts, or accommodate other conjoined assembly. 

CNC machines use a rotating cutting tool to drill holes of the exact right diameter and location. 

2. Lathes

A CNC machine lathe cuts pieces as they rotate. The material is clamped, and it rotates along different axes as the lathe shears it into shape.

The versatile mechanism makes a CNC lathe particularly useful for manufacturing unique interior parts. An architecture firm might use a CNC lathe to create cylindrical posts in a post-and-lintel construction. 

3. Mills

CNC milling is a foundational subtractive manufacturing function. Technically, a mill can make the same cuts that a lathe does. But, while a lathe rotates pieces of material against stationary blades, a mill does the opposite.

CNC mills hold a piece stationary, and its blades move and rotate around the material. 

Ideal for Both Interior and Exterior Design Elements: Syil X7 CNC

The Syil X7 CNC machine is a best-in-class automated mill. Before buying a CNC machine, an architecture firm should consider which option offers the most of what it needs. 

An architecture firm’s CNC machine should work with a wide range of building materials, both for interior and exterior construction.

Moreover, the more  the CNC machine enables precise customization, the more future-proof it is. It’s impossible to predict the trends, technologies, and material realities architects will face decades from now.

Your CNC machine must be ready to adapt. 

With that in mind, consider five high-value benefits the Syil X7 CNC machine offers firms like yours. 

1. Variety of Materials 

The Syil X7 CNC machine can work with a wide variety of materials. It incorporates a fast tool changer, so it can readily adapt to materials with diverse physical traits. 

It also has a high-capacity cooling system. Coolants make it possible to machine with high-friction materials, like aluminum. This is critical for construction machine safety and worker safety alike. 

The spindle coolant is thorough, which lets it work on a piece longer without pause or damaging tools. 

2. Superior Modeling Utility

The Syil X7 CNC machine is a great option for modeling. The machine is compatible with a wide range of CAD/CAM program instructions. Use the Syil X7 CNC with three control system options. 

It’s also easy to use for rapid prototyping. 

3. Accuracy

The Syil X7 has several features that enable it to meet the highest standards of accuracy.

The International Standards Organization (ISO) sets the building and construction standards of accuracy. It also outlines procedures for determining accuracy.

Architects must also abide by the Caltrans Order of Accuracy. The Syil X7 surpasses all of these standards with precision features, including:

  • Five-axis rotational machining expansion
  • Absolute position servos
  • THK linear motion guides
  • Standard rigid tapping
  • Automated tool setting

4. Consistency

The Syil X7 CNC machine enables consistency when you use it to mass-produce manufactured units. It is G-code compatible.

Users can choose the controller they’re most familiar with when they work with the Syil X7. With a range of standard controller options, engaging your CNC machining setup gets easier.  

5. Lower Costs

The Syil X7 incorporates all critical features in its standard model. There’s no need for costly upgrades that strain your CNC machining budget. 

Moreover, with this CNC machine’s compact size and efficient use of materials, you’ll pay less up-front than you would for competing brands. We keep costs low without sacrificing quality.

Conclusion

Choosing the right tools for your architecture or construction firm can be a challenge. That’s particularly true when you can’t envision exactly how a tool may transform your work, nor what the benefits of that transformation might be.

At Syil, we want you to see the impact of tools like the Syil X7 CNC for yourself. Discover how it works firsthand. Let us help you bring the vision of the future of architecture home to your firm. 

Contact us today. Our CNC experts will answer any questions you have about the Syil X7 CNC machine—or any of our other models. We’ll even assess your business’ unique needs to deliver a free quote.

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