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Why Small CNC Mills Are Popular With DIY Entrepreneurs

July 11th, 2020

The CNC has transitioned from a piece of commercial equipment to a DIY power tool capable of almost anything. As the cost of the average CNC machine continues to decline there are more and more hobbyists bringing them home. And as more creative thinkers invest in CNC machines we see more and more unique products… Read more »

Grow Your CNC Machining Business With These Helpful Tips

February 9th, 2020

Ready to turn your hobby into a career and break into the CNC manufacturing industry? Congratulations! Today we’ll offer a few quick tips to help you grow your burgeoning CNC machining business. Find Your Focus Trying to do everything at once is a common rookie mistake. Instead, focus on mastering one method or product at… Read more »

CNC Enthusiasts Use Their Machining Skills to Customize Apple Cards

September 20th, 2019

Apple is known for its pared-down design aesthetic, and the new Apple Card is no exception. The recently-launched credit card is a simple, white-coated piece of titanium, laser etched with a glimmering Apple logo and the customer’s name. It’s a perfect example of the brand’s signature minimalist industrial design. However, some users see the card… Read more »

Cut Your CNC Manufacturing Costs with These Tips

August 14th, 2019

Thanks to their ability automate machining processes and make them highly repeatable, CNC mills have helped to significantly reduce manufacturing costs in a wide variety of industries. That said, there are additional steps machine shops can take to reduce their CNC machining costs even further. Today we’ll consider a few tips to help companies cut… Read more »

Achieve Tight Machining Tolerances With These Helpful Tips

July 29th, 2019

So, you’ve reviewed the drawing with the engineers and designers. You’ve verified the dimensions and double and triple-checked the features. You’ve asked the team if they have any flexibility. You’ve explored every option, but alas that +/-0.0005 tolerance (or tighter sometimes) is correct. Now, you have to make the part. Here are some tips for… Read more »

A Brief Explanation of Electrical Discharge Machining

July 3rd, 2019

Electrical Discharge Machining is a high precision machining process that uses electricity to cut metals. In fact, the metal being cut is never touched by a tool at all. Instead, a high-frequency electrical discharge basically disintegrates the metal to make a cut. EDM involves molecular process that can be difficult to envision, so to help… Read more »

How Has CNC Machining Changed the Manufacturing Industry?

June 24th, 2019

Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machining has been around since the 1940s. These days, with the help of computer aid design (CAD), high-speed automation and advanced production capabilities, CNC machining is a fully-integrated manufacturing technology. Since its introduction nearly 80 years ago, CNC machining has become a critical part of technology development. Let’s look at the… Read more »

Notable Differences Between CNC Turning and CNC Milling

June 6th, 2019

Milling and turning are everyday operations in a machine shop. Both techniques use a cutting tool to remove material from a solid block to make 3D parts. Removing material is what classifies them as subtractive manufacturing processes, but there are key differences to these operations. Turning is an operation for a lathe. The name ‘turning’… Read more »

Unique Advantages of Subtractive Manufacturing

May 27th, 2019

Additive manufacturing, better known as 3D Printing, first started in the 1980s. Back then, it was a novelty concept reserved for advanced engineering research laboratories. In the 1990s, 3D printing made waves in the medical arena thanks to its ability to create custom medical devices. By the early 2000s, the open-source movement brought 3D printing… Read more »

Passivation and the Internet of Things

May 23rd, 2016

The Internet of Things is an interesting and growing idea in both the home and the industrial workplace. It is essentially the concept of connecting any device that can be turned on and off to the Internet. That’s right – the Internet of Things connects everything from cellphones to table lamps to even parts of… Read more »