I am not much into machines. I am a software engg. Dad runs a factory that has various machines. The company also owns a 6 axis Fanuc CNC machine that is a 1990 model and he is very proud of it. Uses it to machine all steel tyre moulds and precision components.
I have a question. Haven't CNC machines evolved much in the last 20 years. Can a machine that was manufactured 20 years back still be considered cutting edge or even competent?
Computers have evolved to be more than 10 times faster in the last decade, but not CNC machines? Really?
Can we conclude that CNC machines matured and reached their potential 20 years back?
An open mind is a virtue...so long as all the common sense has not leaked out.
The hardware is more reliable now.
Maintenance has become easier with several diagnostic tools.
Plus macro programming which was perhaps not there 20 years back.
Actually a CNC machine has several features which many people have not even heard of. A good car is only as good as its driver!