CNC machining is a manufacturing category that includes many different computer-controlled processes where raw material is selectively removed in exact amounts to produce a near-final shape. Whenever a machine is digitally controlled there must always be a 3D CAD file of the part design which is used to program the machine’s movements.
1. CNC Machining Works with Many Materials
CNC machining is used on many common metals such as aluminum, brass, copper, steel, and stainless steel, titanium. It can also be used on rigid or engineering-grade plastic resins, like ABS, Nylon, Acetal, Acrylic, and more.
2. CNC Machining is highly flexible
Because of the reliability and precision afforded by modern tools controlled with sophisticated software, CNC machining is an ideal rapid prototyping and production volume solution for making complex end-use parts with very tight tolerances.
One of the great advantages to CNC machining is its versatility. It is highly flexible and adaptable to many shapes and sizes of parts, and because there is no need for fixed tooling one part can be made just as easily as one thousand. CNC machined components are full strength and they have excellent surface finishes. You can choose to put them into service immediately or they can be further processed with additional treatments such as plating, polishing, anodizing, painting and more.
3. CNC Machining can save time and money
CNC machining is ideal for making high-quality rapid prototypes from plastic or metal without investing in expensive tooling. Your parts will achieve tighter tolerances with better surface finishes than with other prototyping methods. We can also machine all the features needed for a fully functional part, including tapped and threaded holes and precisely flat surfaces.
CNC Prototyping, in particular, can benefit any industry, whether aviation, automotive, architecture, aerospace, construction, medical, or something else that requires a finished product with precision and detail. Investing in the prototype process with CNC machining reduces the risk of time-consuming and costly mistakes.
4. No MOQ
CNC is a viable option for many lower-volume production projects. Depending on the geometry and material, whether a customer needs 1 or 1,000 units, CNC machining may be an excellent option as it eliminates the need for upfront tooling and molds due to its “on-demand” manufacturing methodology. Whenever a customer needs a plastic or metal prototype or multiple pieces in low volume manufacturing, CNC machining can be an outstanding process.
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