When it comes to technology, there is no definite statement to be made as on what it would be like exactly over a certain period of time. The rapid technological growth, economic and political conditions and extraordinary inventions affect the technological outcomes drastically.
Basing on the demands from CNC technology an outline of the expected changes in 10 years from now can be drafted. Yet again, no definite claims can be made but an estimation of the upcoming technological improvements can be made.
The new machines are very much like 3D printers. There is a possibility of being able to print on metals, plastics and concrete using CNC technology in the future. Improvements in the 3D printing technology can be an aspect of technological advancement for the CNC.
The CNC’s drilling, routing and grooving abilities will form the basis of any advancement though the processes might evolve into better productive functioning. CNC machining will incur a more innovative and sophisticated approach towards its product design and prototype as four or five-axis capabilities have become a norm.
CNC technology tends to become more affordable in the future. It is possible that laser cutters might come to the prices equal to a laser printer. Blu-ray laser diodes with much higher power lasers are being pursued for the purpose which makes the CNC technology much more cost effective. This aspect is meant to improve over the future.
Multi-axis tool heads with ability to print on conductive materials can be an addition to the technological advancements of CNC. Pick and place functionality (for SMT circuit board manufacturing) can be the future of CNC technology.
The CNC appears to be a rather slow growing technology aspect, at the moment. The future might hold game changing plans for the CNC world. For now the technology depends on improving its prototype for a faster and enhanced functioning result.