The CNC Mill & The Modern Machine Shop
There’s a possibility that your team is seeing a demand in obtaining small volume parts – something that can be overshadowed by your revenue-generating parts. One-off jobs – including fixtures and workholding – often take the mill out of production. Acquiring an additional mill for this support work is usually not financially realistic. Previously, there hasn’t been a good solution to this issue; either jobs would be rejected for lack of bandwidth or the deadline would be missed resulting in upset customers.
In the last few years, shops have been embracing desktop 3D printing. New materials are available for today’s 3D printers that are stronger and more capable – including onyx, carbon fiber, and nylon. Many shops are now using an affordable desktop 3D printer to take on support jobs to free up their mill. With fast, overall turnaround time and enough strength, stiffness, and accuracy for many smaller jobs, the desktop 3D printer is quickly becoming a cost-effective companion to the traditional CNC mill.
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