We are continuing our series of articles highlighting some of the advantages of using precision CNC machining instead of 3D printing for your contract manufacturing and/or prototypes to production manufacturing projects. Our previous article covered the fact that precision CNC machining is more accurate and has higher tolerances than 3D printing. It also tends to be less expensive. Today, we will explore more reasons to consider precision CNC machining.
When it comes to design flexibility, precision CNC machining gives you more options than 3D printing. CNC machines can be used in conjunction with a wide range of materials, including metals, plastics, and composites. Most 3D printers are limited to working with one type of material, usually plastic. Additionally, CNC machines can create parts with complex geometries that would be difficult or impossible to produce with a 3D printer.
Turnaround times for precision CNC machined parts are generally shorter than for 3D printed parts. This is because it takes less time to remove material from a block than it does to build up layers of material one at a time. Additionally, precision CNC machining processes can usually produce multiple parts at the same time (known as batch production). Many 3D printers can only produce one part at a time (known as serial production).
If you have an upcoming contract manufacturing and/or prototypes to production manufacturing project, we welcome the opportunity to talk with you. JW Machine is an ISO 9001/AS 9100 certified machine shop with extensive precision CNC machining experience and capabilities including laser cutting, laser engraving, small part machining, close tolerance machining, CNC turning, CNC milling and more. Give us a call to talk with one of our friendly and knowledgeable precision CNC machining experts today.