3D and 2D Processing
2D, (two dimensional), or 3D, (three dimensional), patterns are very common in the manufacturing and processing industry. 3D parts can be created by a bevel torch tip. This allows for smooth sides of a cut part. Parts created in 3D form include the length, width and volume of the material. The material is cut from different pipes, thick sheets, and beams of material. This is different from 2D parts which are cut from flat, very thin material. 2D parts can be stacked on top of each other to create 3D artworks. Depending upon the application, material thickness, and material used, a variety of different products can be created. Both of these types of processing can be used in reversed engineering, and be generated from computer files, if the machine is CNC compatible.
Artists have been know to use CNC machines to create massive arts of work. CNC or computer numerical control systems, are automated using CAD and CAM programs. These programs produce computer files to interpret the commands of a machine. The operator simply inputs the designated design, cut or coordinates, and the machine does all the work. CNC systems are used to rapidly manufacture and process parts, art, and cuttings. CNC systems use a special form of coding called G-code. It controls the features of feed rate, location, speed, and coordination. CNC machines can be used for most materials including metal and plastic.