The old proverb “necessity is the mother of invention” could never have rang more true for the story of NS CNC. Through ingenuity, experimentation, and vision, NS CNC has raised the bar for jewellers around the world. Coming from humble beginnings, this innovative, industry leading manufacturing firm understands the necessity behind every new feature and every new machine we make.
From the start, NS CNC’s founder – a talented artist with an extensive engineering background – needed to find new and better ways to craft his works of art. Always wanting to provide the best quality above all else, it became quickly apparent that the entire process of crafting jewelry needed to be rethought. In the 90s, making high quality, custom jewelry meant careful, tedious hand carving.
But as new computer technology developed and the possibilities for new jewelry designs exploded, new solutions needed to be found to achieve an artist’s vision. Combining this vision with the craft required to make it whole meant looking at the problem from a new angle… or 5.
As with most innovations, early steps are a bit simpler. NS CNC’s first mills were 3 and 4 axis versions. While these mills allowed designers to work in much greater detail than ever before, there was a degree of depth missing from the artwork. For the truly inspired trend setters; those willing to experiment and eager to adopt new technologies, the 5-axis MIRA-1 was released.
These designers continued to push the limits of what our mills could accomplish, working closely with NS CNC in the development process. There’s always a new and compelling challenge: elaborate designs, new materials, and of course entirely new applications. Under this close cooperation, the MIRA line has grown in function and versatility, while becoming easier to use. Feedback from our clients has helped us develop new processes for milling all kinds of materials for applications far beyond the jewelry industry.
The relationship between NS CNC and our clients has allowed us to innovate in ways we never could have imagined. What started as one man’s solution to his own artistic dreams has spread across industries, with NS CNC mills appearing around the world and in places we never expected when we started out.
Our mills are our now our business, our one focus, and our true passion. Each mill is built with our indisputable attention to detail, in our expanded facilities in the Vancouver area where we are rooted. We love what we do, and welcome you to experience New Solutions for yourself.
Ahead lies a journey through the evolution of NS CNC milling machines. A voyage through blood, sweat, metal shavings, grease… all in the pursuit of that elusive vein of glittering gold
Back in 2009, we created our first 5-axis NS CNC machine. There was, of course, the question of how to name it. Some days we were tormented by the challenge of creating a name. We had an excellent example of the name of our competitor’s machine, “REVO”. This was the first part of the word “Revolution”.
Yes, this machine made a revolution in the jewelry business many years ago. But, what do we want from our new machine? Do we want a new revolution? No, we were not going to make more revolutions or give a shock to the industry. We just wanted to produce a nice and convenient machine for jewelers.
To find the right name, we first had to think about what kind of machine that we wanted our customers to have. Should it be revolutionary, high-tech, suicidal, one-of-a-kind or irresistible? Or maybe just a little magic or a miracle? Miracle? Mira-cle! Bingo! Our machine will be called MIRA!
Connoisseurs immediately pointed out that Mira is a very famous star in the constellation of Cetus. This is also a great reason for the name “MIRA”! But, let the user of the machine decide for himself whether his is a star or a miracle machine.
After several years of producing and selling hundreds of machines, we began to learn that our customers sometimes change the name of the machine themselves a little. The machine became a jeweler’s friend, a family member or a business partner, so they gave it a nickname.
The first such dialogue was with one client from Australia:
– “Miranda has worked the last two weeks without stopping at all…”
– “We are very pleased, but who is Miranda?”
– “This is your Mira! But in my family her name is Miranda.”
Then we learned that the machine was given some of the most amazing names in different cities and countries, such as Myra, Mirochka, Miroslava, Maria and Meir. We are not opposed to such variations of the name. To us, the main thing is that users love their MIRA !
There was only one thing that we had to do after the first years of producing machines and this was to change the machine color. Customers complained. “If your machine is a star, then why is it black?” So, at first we changed it to light gray, and then to pure white, as it has been and is to this day.
NS CNC is very proud to say we manufacture our mills in our location near Vancouver, Canada. To achieve our high standards of precision and function, we keep close control over the manufacturing process, making many components in house. To do this, we use larger CNC mills to create uniform parts for our smaller, high precision mills.
Our own mills aren’t the only area where we’re constantly improving. In order to stay on top of new technology and to continue to be a market leader, we are continually improving our manufacturing processes and technology. As our counterparts in large CNC manufacturing improve, we utilize better tools to make smoother surfaces, meet strict tolerances, and maintain our reputation for excellence.
Creating high quality parts is one thing, getting them to work together is another entirely. Before a mill is sent out to a customer, it goes through rigorous testing and calibrations, inside and out. These are a few of the tools we use to make sure our mills meet and exceed our clients’ expectations of precision and quality.
Being a leader in our field means continual improvement and innovation. This mantra is a core part of NS CNC from top to bottom. Every new model we release was painstakingly engineered and experimented on until we got the result we were looking for. However, we’re a fickle bunch. By working closely with our clients to obtain critical feedback, we’re always looking for the next challenge to conquer.
We may be very good at what we do, but we can’t do it alone. NS CNC is a proud partner of ModuleWorks, and part of a larger family of CNC experts. With more than 100 companies in all aspects of the CAD/CAM/CNC business around the world, we are all united in developing the latest and greatest in machining technologies.