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What does the future look like for woodwork machinery?

January 08, 2024 2 min read

It is fair to say that in the last couple of decades woodworking has come a long way from hand tools and pure manual labour. In today’s technology-filled world, advances in both machinery and the technology that is used alongside them has had a significant part to play in revolutionising the woodworking industry.
These more recent innovations have increased efficiency, simplified processes and opened up a whole new world of possibilities for woodworking. In this article let’s take a look at what the future looks like for woodworking machinery.

Accuracy and precision
One of the significant benefits of technology in woodworking is the accuracy and precision that these newer machines offer. The use of Computer numerical control (CNC) machines allows woodworkers to use digital designs which can be cut and carved with much greater precision than ever before. There is less human error and results are more consistent. This level of accuracy is something that was once almost impossible but now with continual improvement to the technology that guides it is increasingly becoming the norm.

Labour and time efficiency
Woodworking machinery and technology have made significant increases in labour efficiency. There are new automated machines that can perform tasks that might previously have taken days to complete manually. From cutting the wood to shaping it to the joinery and then the assembly, these machines help to streamline those processes that are required and reduce manual labour needs. This means that woodworkers are able to complete projects in a much faster manner, meeting tighter deadlines and being able to take on larger scale projects.

Customisation and versatility
Some of the advancements that have been made in woodworking technology have brought into practice new levels of customisation and versatility. Computer aided design (CAD) software helps woodworkers to create complex and intricate designs which can then be turned into precise instructions for CNC machines. The combination of software and machinery allows the production of a range of customised items that can be tailored to the specific needs of a client. This means that woodworkers can now offer a more personalised and unique solution that might previously have been difficult.

Safety features are improved
Woodworking machinery and technology now prioritises the safety of the worker. Modern machinery is equipped with much better safety features for example emergency stop buttons, automatic blade guards and also sensors that can detect the proximity of the operator. Providing the right working environment for woodworkers these safety measures can help to reduce the risk of injury and accident. These newer machines also have features like enhanced dust collection systems which can reduce the risks posed by harmful wood dust particles.

The role of AI
AI is one of the more recent technologies to creep into the woodworking industry and its addition adds to the rapid completion of a range of projects all done with remarkable accuracy. Technology, and incredibly accurate technology, is at the heart of utilising these AI technologies to their best advantage and this means that there also needs to be an incredibly accurate level of data input in order to achieve this.