3D Printing vs CNC Machining: Choosing The Right Technology

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Throughout human history there has been, and still is, a number of methods used to manufacture custom parts. Today, modern manufacturing sees 3D printing and CNC machining as the most common ones. In fact, both utilise computer numerical control (CNC), which developed from traditional milling methods after the Second World War.

With the rapid growth of 3D printing technology, many would agree it has become the first choice for a host of industries. On the other hand, CNC machining is still considered a reliable standard and you will not find much nowadays without the involvement of CNC machining Continue reading

Advances in 5-axis machining

PRV Mazak 5 axis machining image5-axis machining is now used by many machining companies and allows machining of a part along 5 axes of motion compared to 3 axes in one setup. While this can be a cost saving factor, 5 Axis machining is used more often for complex contour work, which may need simultaneous movement of all 5 Axes.

Recent advances in software have helped make the conversion from 3-axis and 3+2 axis positioning to simultaneous 5-axis machining accessible to everyday numerical control  programmers.

Although some of these techniques might require additional programming time, the benefits of reduced machining, setup time and reduced hand-polishing outweigh the costs. Continue reading

What are the advantages of CNC machining ?

CNC Machining partsCNC machining or to give it its full title “Computer Numerical Control” machining, allows for increased efficiency through higher levels of automation. In simple terms, the machine and its computer controls to do all the work.

As a result and having taken into consideration their expense and complexity, the machines quickly pay for themselves by reducing the workload and preventing errors. That’s the first advantage of many. CNC machines are widely used in the manufacturing industry with traditional machines, such as vertical millers, centre lathes, shaping machines and routers, having been overtaken. Continue reading

Finding the Right CNC Machining Service

From metal fabrication and metal removal to Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM), CNC machining has revolutionised just about every aspect of manufacturing processes. The process of Computer Numerical Control or CNC machining involves shaping and fabricating complex three dimensional objects using machine tools controlled by a program running on a computer. The high degree of precision achieved through CNC has increased the demand of such machining services. However, with so many companies claiming to offer unmatched services, it can prove to be difficult to find the right one. In this article we will take a look at various tips to help you find the right CNC machining service. Continue reading

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