As CNC technology surges forward, the future of this industry is taking on a new shape. While challenges exist, the potential for growth and innovation is undeniable. Technology is changing, with pieces and components becoming smaller and more intricate. In the meantime, medical technology, radio frequency technology, and aerospace CNC needs are expected to grow. At GMI Corporation, we stand ready to handle these new challenges with updated equipment and increased CNC capabilities.

How much future growth are we talking about? Experts are predicting a 5 percent growth rate by 2030, creating an industry value of $126 billion. In addition, we’re seeing requests for different types of materials, like titanium for medical devices and Inconel, a high-performance, nickel-based alloy. Let’s delve into the trends shaping the future of CNC machining.

Small sizes matter

Swiss CNC machines got their start in the watch-making industry. Swiss-style lathes are effective at producing intricate, precise parts at a rapid pace. This same technology that kept the Swiss watches ticking can be applied to parts and materials in several industries, including aerospace, military, defense, medical and radio frequency. But each generation brings smaller, more precise plans that depend on exact measurements. At GMI, we like to say “When tolerances matter, choose GMI.” We’re updating our inventory to deliver faster, precision production in different geometries.

High-mix, low-volume manufacturing

Mass production no longer dominates every sector. Instead, customers require personalization and customization of their parts. CNC machines are well positioned to adapt to the industry’s future requirements. Our GMI engineers can meet the task of designing and developing new designs, while our capable employees will ensure that each piece meets our high standards for quality control. Although we do require minimum orders to cover production and design costs, GMI will work with companies who require lower volumes of precision parts.

Automation is on the rise

While our employees remain our greatest asset at GMI, research continues to develop methods that allow machines to improve the safety and efficiency of CNC machining. New advancements include automated tool changers and software that allows parts to be designed and programmed automatically. Special sensors detect material wear within the machines and can alert us to the need for replacements. We also anticipate a role for AI to determine the most efficient methods of creating and improving upon our designs.

Some production is moving overseas – and some is coming back to the U.S.

While we’re watching some manufacturers take their production work overseas, we’re also seeing an increase in reshoring. With the ongoing war in the Ukraine and geopolitical concerns in China and Taiwan, reshoring seems to be the smart strategy going forward. Working with U.S.-based manufacturers like GMI ensures a smaller carbon footprint, and gives companies the peace of mind knowing their production schedules are less likely to be disrupted by global events.

Moving into a future based on precision

Today’s intricate designs require a manufacturing facility that is dedicated to excellence and precision. GMI can hold tolerances as tight as ±0.0002″ / +/-.00508mm as required, and we rely on multiple quality control methods to meet customer specifications. Our inventory of materials has expanded to include metals like the previously mentioned Inconel, which will play a role in industries like aerospace, where materials must stand up to extreme environments.

GMI offers product development, engineering services, CNC machining, value-added assembling, kitting, and packaging for medical, aerospace, radio frequency and other devices. If you’re looking for a production partner, contact us online or call us at 317-736-5116 to continue the conversation. The CNC world is changing, but you can continue to rely on GMI for the precision, on-time experience you have come to expect from us.

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