Optimize Your Product Design Cycles for CNC Machining.

In this 32-slide presentation and video, you'll get a comprehensive view from prototyping experts Andrew Hudak and Brett Swope on how to best leverage CNC machining for prototyping hardware.


In the presentation we cover:

1. What is CNC Machining?

If you're new to the process, this quick overview of CNC machining will help you understand machining capabilities and best use cases.


2.  CNC Machining in the Product Development Cycle

Learn how CNC machining best fits into the product development lifecycle and when you might consider making the switch from other fabrication processes like 3D printing. 


3. Communicating Design Intent

Learning to effectively express the most critical aspects of your design is especially important when it comes to CNC machining. This section will teach you how to successfully communicate design intent with your manufacturer, so your resulting parts match your expectations. Design features we cover in this section include:

  • Hole tapping
  • Mating parts
  • Cosmetic & special-finish surfaces
  • Press/slip fits

4. Design Considerations & Common Pitfalls

When it comes to CNC machining, simplicity is key and complex parts with intricate features can become expensive quickly. In this section we review important design considerations for:

  • Tolerances
  • Internal radii
  • Pocket aspect ratios
  • Hole depth
  • Undercuts
  • Organic geometry / draft

5. Machine Planning & Programming

Many designers and engineers have limited experience with CNC machines and may not know how the design they submit will influence cost, lead time, tolerances, surface finish, or other outputs. By deepening your knowledge around important variables that impact CNC machine operation, you can effectively reduce costs and lead times to keep projects on time and under budget.


Download our in-depth presentation on CNC machining for prototyping hardware to help you optimize your designs and accelerate product development cycles.


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