Stecker Machine Blog

The Pros & Cons of Aluminum Casting for CNC Machining

06/24/2024 | Jason Schuh

When designing a machined part, one of the main considerations is its material. Aluminum alloys are commonly used in CNC machining for a variety of industries and applications. However, before it can be shaped into precision parts, it must first undergo one of several casting processes. 


Sustainability in Manufacturing: Is Your CNC Machine Shop Meeting Your Expectations?

06/10/2024 | Scott Waak

Sustainability has become a crucial part of nearly every industry, and manufacturing is no exception.


Electric Vehicle Manufacturing and CNC Machining

05/20/2024 | Ken Jones

Few industries are growing as rapidly as electric vehicle (EV) production. This urgency is pushing manufacturers to constantly seek innovative solutions to enhance efficiency, precision, and reliability while integrating advanced manufacturing techniques.


What is Form Milling? How is it Done? What is it Used For?

05/06/2024 | Dan Karbon

CNC machining (computer numerical control machining), is precision machining that's fully automated, ensuring exceptional accuracy and remarkable precision. CNC machining achieves levels of complexity beyond conventional precision machining, plus it’s cost-efficient, particularly for complex components and parts.


How to Learn CNC Machining: From School to the Shop Floor

04/18/2024 | Matt Oswald

CNC (computer numerical control) machining has revolutionized the manufacturing industry, empowering the production of precise, complex parts with unparalleled efficiency. As intimidating as that may sound, it’s not. There are various paths to learning and, eventually, mastering CNC machining.

We’ll explore how to learn CNC machining (gaining knowledge and experience), from traditional education to hands-on training.


4 Types of CNC Machines: When to Use Each for Machining Success

03/25/2024 | Taylor Madden

We’ve raved for years about the capabilities of CNC (computer numerical control) machines. And with good reason!

CNC machined parts repeatedly meet exact specifications and achieve extremely tight tolerances in large quantities. Transforming materials into finished, usable parts is valued throughout numerous industries across the world. Exactly how that happens may seem like a mystery, so this article is dedicated to sharing 4 types of CNC machines: how they operate, what materials they handle, examples of each, and more.


AI in CNC Machining: How Are Robotics & Automation Shaping the Future of CNC Machine Shops

03/11/2024 | Matt Oswald

AI in CNC machining — that is, using artificial intelligence within the CNC machining process — feels natural, doesn’t it?

CNC machines by definition are computer numerically controlled, allowing for rapid production of incredibly precise parts, with their impact being felt throughout so many industries.


CNC Machining 101: Operator’s Guide to Milling Center Core Basics

02/19/2024 | Taylor Madden

Precision machining, particularly CNC (computer numerical control) machining, is vitally important in today’s economy, specifically for industries needing parts with unparalleled accuracy and complexity.


The Keys to Manufacturing Automation & Robotics in CNC Machining

02/05/2024 | Matt Oswald

Most modern manufacturers are dealing with a new norm: fewer skilled humans to handle rising production demands. The only way to succeed is by automating production processes to save time, achieve desired results, and reduce errors.


8 Vital Considerations to Know When Selecting CNC Tooling

01/22/2024 | Dan Karbon

What do you need from CNC tooling?