Basic differences, CNC vs. P2P
The basic capabilities of these two types of computer-driven woodworking machine are explained. January 3, 2001
What is the difference between a CNC system and a point to point system?
A point to point (PTP) machine is simply a type of CNC machine. PTPs are generally used for drilling holes. Many have routers for doing dados, etc.
In the last few years, the thin line that separates a PTP from a router has become rather fuzzy. Many PTP machines are being built with a beefier construction to handle heavy routing applications. And likewise, you can get a drilling unit on just about every CNC router on the market.
We have a PTP and use it for a lot of routing operations, as it has 3 10hp router heads as well as all of the drilling heads. It depends on what you are looking for. If most of your operations are routing, then a router is the way to go. If most of your operations are drilling, then PTP is the way to go.
Would you like to add information to this article?
Interested in writing or submitting an article?
Have a question about this article?
Have you reviewed the related Knowledge Base areas below?
KnowledgeBase: Computerization: CNC Machinery and Techniques
KnowledgeBase: Knowledge Base
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in
any manner without permission of the Editor.
Review WOODWEB's Copyright Policy.
The editors, writers, and staff at WOODWEB try to promote safe practices.
What is safe for one woodworker under certain conditions may not be safe
for others in different circumstances. Readers should undertake the use
of materials and methods discussed at WOODWEB after considerate evaluation,
and at their own risk.
335 Bedell Road
Montrose, PA 18801
Copyright © 1996-2016 - WOODWEB ® Inc.