Frequently Asked Questions


Adams Machinery was founded in 1967 by Ollie Adams and has been serving the metal working community of Arizona and New Mexico ever since. In 1991 Richard Short purchased Adams Machinery and has been operating in Tempe, Arizona.

What is a CNC machine?

A CNC machine is basically a computer controlled high precision tool that is able to make intricate movements accurately and repeatedly. Our machines use common routers and spindles to mill, cut, engrave and shape materials in automated machining operations.

What can CNC machines do?

There is virtually no limit to what a CNC can do. CNC machines are responsible for almost all modern day machining operations in manufacturing industries. They normally costs tens of thousands of dollars, or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Our machines can be used to engrave plaques, cut wood for kits, mill aluminum parts, and inject plastic components. All it requires is willing to learn and understand how to use the machines to accomplish what you want to do.

How do CNC machines work?

A CNC machine takes codes from a computer and converts the code using software into electrical signals. The signals from the computer are then used to control motors. Since the motors can turn very small amounts the machine is able to move in highly precise movements over and over again.

What is the interface between the router and computer?

Our CNC electronics require a parallel port, commonly referred to a Printer port. It is usually the larger port on the back of a computer. If you do not have a parallel port, there are USB to Parallel adapters available.

How is the actual machine code generated?

There are many software packages available that will allow you to create the machine code (G-Code) that tells your machine how to run. We highly recommend the CAM software created by Vectric Software. We recommend Cut2D or Cut3D to start out with. It mainly depends on what type of parts you wish to manufacture. We use Cut2D for all of our CNC parts!

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You can depend on Adams Machinery for assistance in determining what machine will best fit your needs.