Making Musical Instruments Using a CNC Router

Guitar Strings

Like any other CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machine, a CNC router uses computer software and CNC controller electronics to manipulate a mechanical system. Such a device facilitates greater precision and accuracy than a human operator. Typically, a CNC router can cut in three directions (X, Y and Z). The X- axis runs from front to back, Y-axis runs left to right and Z-axis runs up and down. A CNC router is able to work in all three directions simultaneously which enables it to cut complex three dimensional forms.

CNC routers are available in a wide range of sizes from small, tabletop routers suitable for a home D.I.Y shop, to industrial CNC routers used for making cabinets and furniture, boats and signs. Typically, whatever the size, a CNC router will have the same basic parts. These are:

  • a dedicated CNC controller
  • spindle motors
  • linear guides
  • AC inverter drives
  • ball nuts
  • a work table

CNC routers are designed for fabrication projects from wood, plastics and metals, which makes them perfect machines for manufacturing musical instruments.  Two of the most popular industries within this field are the manufacture of guitar bodies and violins. In the fabrication of musical instruments, switching from power tools to a CNC router has a number of benefits including:

  • significantly reducing the time to develop new instruments
  • making the enterprise more profitable
  • facilitating the introduction of products for smaller markets
  • reducing the time to create prototypes
  • streamlining the overall process
  • eliminating the need to make templates

At CAMaster, we are expert in the manufacture of high-quality CNC routers and plasma cutters. We stand by every machine we sell, and when it comes to top quality CNC machines, technical support and service, no one else comes close. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you with your material cutting needs.