All the coverage and attention given to 3D printing technologies makes it seem like the future of production is shifting. Like any other budding technology, 3D printing has its advantages and limitations too.
Instead of adding material, take it away
CNC machining represents the older, well-tested brother to 3D printing and it often gets overlooked when you hear of the experts in the field of “digital manufacturing.” The fact of the matter is that CNC machining techniques received the digital treatment long before 3D printing, and it fits in with any manufacturing environment.
In many cases, taking material away to create an object is more efficient than waiting for layers to form in a 3D printing process. Just to review, CNC machines work by taking a solid block and carving away the unneeded pieces, usually with drills and cutting tools.
CNC machining advantages
Many manufacturing facilities find valuable uses for both production technologies, but it’s a big mistake to disregard the tried-and-true service offered by CNC machining. Sit down with an experienced pro from Product Development Solutions, and explore your best options with a quick quote.