Computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining is cutting edge technology used by many area employers. The machine drills and cuts on multiple axes and can create a variety of shapes, slots, and holes that would be nearly impossible using manual tooling methods. Most CNC milling machines also integrate a device for pumping cutting fluid to the cutting tool during machining.
Several grants and donations helped fund this opportunity. ALM Charities, Fastenal, the G-E-T Education Foundation, WXOW’s Tools for Schools, and a state grant all contributed to help cover the cost, and GEA Farm Technologies has donated coolant and cutters to use.