During product development, designers will need to evaluate a part for its form, fit, and function at various points throughout the design cycle. Additive manufacturing processes can take time to set up and perfect, while a CNC turn/mill machine can create a geometrically complex part within a couple of days. Additionally, a component can be machined out of softer materials even faster if a rapid prototype is required for a test fit only.
CNC machining is a precise manufacturing process that can hold extremely tight tolerances. Although these tolerances fluctuate depending on the materials used, our manufacturing will deliver the precision needed for accurately testing a prototype part.
CNC machines are programmed which can reproduce the same results repeatedly. Designers won’t have to worry about variances between parts as they can be replicated repeatedly within the exact tight tolerances.
Our machines are reliable and capable to use a wide range of materials. These materials range from softer plastics to hardened metal alloy, with many different types and variations between them. These advantages come with any type of CNC machine, whether it be a mill, lathe, or a combination.
With these different benefits and advantages, here is what you can expect for rapid prototyping services at your machine shop.