If you have a good idea of what computer numerical controls (CNC) manufacturers are producing and what the new CNC machinery can do, you are already ahead of your competition. Putting that information into projects produced by your shop puts you farther in the lead. You don’t necessarily even have to have the latest CNC machines to implement the latest technology. As you look at CNC machinery news and trends you can see a number of prevalent themes emerge. They include:1. The continued use of production CNC equipment to mass-produce larger quantities of projects.2. The growing capabilities of computers used in conjunction with CNC machinery.3. The increasing refinement and attention to detail provided by newer computer numerical control machinery. Read articles about CNC machinery news and trends Many articles are technical white papers that explain in detail new equipment and uses. It is possible, however, to find articles that have a more practical slant. Sign up for periodical newsletters about CNC equipment Many websites offer free newsletters to keep you informed of CNC machinery news and trends. While some of the newsletters may be little more than a sales pitch from a CNC machinery supplier, other newsletters provide valuable information about trends within the industry. Find blogs about CNC equipment Some blogs provide technical information about new CNC machinery, while others focus on operational information. Either type of information is good to have and can help you stay on top of news within the CNC industry. Make sure your shop foreman and technician also have access to CNC machinery news and trends. They may be able use the information in a different manner than you do as a businessperson. Where you look at your finished product, the technician and foreman may look at the steps of completing the project and find shortcuts that can also save you money.