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CNC Machining Cost Reduction

CNC Machining Cost Reduction

When it comes to pricing CNC machined parts, the biggest cost driver is often machining time. This can outweigh the material costs, set-up costs and even the costs of custom finishes, such as anodizing or plating.

Machining channels we’re watching on YouTube

Machining channels we’re watching on YouTube

For many of today’s working machinists, YouTube has served as a modern-day godsend. The collaborative ecosystem formed on the platform within the manufacturing community has been amazing, and it’s served as a go-to informational resource for everyone ranging from first-time 3D printing hobbyist to professional machinists.

Sheet Metal Mini-Guide

Sheet Metal Mini-Guide

Sheet metal fabrication is a process by which metal parts are cut and bent from a roll of stock material that is typically less than 0.25” thick.