Myth Busting: CNC Machining vs. 3D Printing - | The Voice of 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing

2022-05-05 08:32:31 By : Mr. Jack Ram

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3D printers have quietly been transforming production lines at some of the world’s leading manufacturers. Once considered primarily for prototyping; advancements in materials and productivity have made 3D printers a powerful tool for applications beyond prototyping that range from tooling to end-use parts.

As these 3D Printers move from R&D onto the shop floor the question that keeps coming up is “Will 3D printing ever replace CNC Machining?”  The short answer is no because it doesn’t need to.

Both 3D Printing and CNC Machining have their place in manufacturing. The truth is they are friends not adversaries. Simply put, these are two different tools in your toolbox! Both are useful, but do different jobs.  The key is to know how to use them for your application.

The main difference between the tools is that 3D printing is an additive process while CNC is a subtractive process.  3D printing starts from nothing and builds a part layer by layer.  Whereas CNC begins with a stock of material and removes that material until the desired shape is achieved.

Here are the advantages of each:

“I think companies need to always be open to change. Not only so that we make quality parts with the machines that we already have, but also looking for ways to improve our capabilities to serve our customers with new ideas and new technology.”  Sean Farrell, Dura-Metal

“Our goal with adding 3D Printing was to improve our machine shop efficiency, light-weight certain parts, and reduce assemblies as much as possible.  3D Printing helped us do all of that.”  Adam Duche, Aerotech Industries

3D Printing & CNC Machining can indeed work together to serve your customers better. The first step should always be to decide which technology is best for your part.  Both processes have their advantages and both complement each other, which can then provide you and your customers with:

Please join us at one of our two live one-of-a-kind informational in-person events where we will showcase some of the latest metal 3D printing technologies. If you have any interest in learning more about 3D Printing this is a great opportunity! Attendance is free, but you must register to attend.

The first event will be held at the Cimquest headquarters in Branchburg, NJ on April 28, 2022. Attendees will be able to tour our new Metal 3D Printing showroom, interact with parts, and network with other participants. This is a great way to learn about key industry insights in Metal Additive and see how it can open an entirely new world of applications and jobs. Nate Higgins, Co-founder of FreeFORM will be available to discuss their use of 3D Metal Printing.

For the second event, Cimquest is partnering with ABCorp and hosting the event at their facility in Boston, MA on May 4, 2022. ABCorp designs 3D-printed highly-detailed prototypes and parts and they deliver omnichannel content to elevate the customer experience. They will be explaining how they are using additive technologies to grow their business today and in the future. At this event, you’ll also get to see the Desktop Metal Shop System live, tour ABCorp’s Shop Floor, and interact with parts.

At both events we will be giving away these metal 3D-printed sample parts. Join us for a very informative and enjoyable day and score yourself one of these unique gifts.

Cimquest has been a leader in both Additive and Subtractive technologies for over 26 years.  Global leadership with many products such as: Mastercam, Desktop Metal and Xact Metal, Cimquest helps to direct companies in their quest for manufacturing excellence.  If you are interested in talking to one of our team of experts about selecting or optimizing your additive or subtractive manufacturing technologies, give us a call.

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