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3D printing and CNC machining are both manufacturing processes that are commonly used in the prototyping phase of product development. While both methods have their own unique advantages, they are often used together in a complementary manner to produce a final product that is both functional and aesthetically appealing.

3D Printing

3D Printing

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a process in which a 3D object is built layer by layer using a variety of materials, including plastic, metal, and even food. The process begins with a digital design that is then fed into a 3D printer, which reads the design and creates the object. 3D printing is often used in the prototyping phase of product development because it allows designers to quickly create a physical model of their product. This is particularly useful in the early stages of development when designers are still making changes to the design.

Additionally, 3D printing offers a high level of design freedom, allowing designers to create complex shapes and structures that would be difficult to produce using other manufacturing methods.  we work closely with our clients to understand their specific needs and requirements, and we can provide customized solutions that meet their unique challenges. We have experience producing a wide range of parts and components, from small mechanical parts to custom molds and fixtures.

CNC Machining

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CNC machining, on the other hand, is a subtractive manufacturing process that involves cutting away material from a solid block to create a final product. A CNC machine uses computer numerical control (CNC) software to control the movement of its cutting tools, which can be adjusted to create a wide range of shapes and features. Unlike 3D printing, CNC machining is typically used for producing final products rather than prototypes. This is because the process is capable of producing parts with high accuracy, tight tolerances, and a smooth surface finish. CNC machined parts are also typically stronger and more durable than those produced using 3D printing, making them ideal for use in products that require a high degree of functionality.

When it comes to producing final products for customers, the combination of 3D printing and CNC machining is often the best approach. The 3D printing process allows designers to quickly create a physical model of their product, while CNC machining allows them to produce a final product that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. This combination allows designers to iterate on their design until they are satisfied with the final product, and then use CNC machining to produce a high-quality final product that is ready for commercial use.

Reverse Engineering

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Reverse engineering is where we use 3D scanning software to scan a physical part into a digital workspace. Then manipulate it using CAD and other software we can alter it or re-create it digitally to the customer needs before then reproducing it with 3D print prototype and ultimately into a production ready part for the 3D printer or CNC machine.

We take a meticulous approach to reverse engineering, analyzing every aspect of the original part's design and function to ensure that the replica or substitute meets the same standards and performance criteria. We work closely with our clients to understand their specific needs and requirements, and we can customize our reverse engineering process to meet their unique challenges.

 

Our goal is to provide our clients with a high-quality replacement or substitute part that meets their needs and exceeds their expectations. We understand the importance of getting equipment and machinery up and running quickly, and we pride ourselves on our fast turnaround times and attention to detail.
 

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