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What Is CNC Prototyping?

Consumer goods, industry and the technologies used to fuel them have all more or less evolved alongside each other since the industrial revolution. Recent decades have led us into a digital era where automated computerised equipment in both industrial manufacturing and our personal lives have become an everyday aspect.

CNC prototype But without the high speed precision which computer numerical control systems like CNC machining offer, almost none of the goods and gadgets we rely on today would exist. Of course, everything starts with an idea.

CNC technologies and materials for prototyping

Computer Aided Manufacturing systems (CAM) use CAD 3D modelling to create the exact tool path needed to make the shapes and surfaces designers want to emulate. The materials used need to be non-flexible, but range from natural materials including wood to man-made materials such as ABS plastic, plus tougher heat-resistant metals like nickel alloy.

CNC prototypes: ideas brought to life

With the ability to machine almost any hard material available, CNC machining is so diverse and flexible it is said to be one of the best computer numerical control system methods for crafting prototypes, prototyping everything from mobile phones to space craft parts. With new models launched constantly, prototyping is big business today.

This method is so fundamental to the evolution of modern industry. Manufacturing hotspots like China are creating purpose-built plants dedicated to CNC prototyping, where almost anyone with an idea and the money to fund it can have their ideas created and manufactured.

CNC prototyping techniques: routing, milling and turning

Around 80% of the parts manufactured today are engineered through CNC routing, milling and turning techniques. In CNC prototyping, it’s probably over 90%. The reason is that the capabilities for creating complex shapes with a symmetry axis and producing things like turbine blades becomes, after prototyping, a simple process.

The same applies to milling Freeform surfaces. Most gadgets, parts and appliances have flat surface areas, and CNC allows these to be manufactured effortlessly compared to manual operation, all adjustable with a few clicks.

Stoney CNC Machining

You don’t need to plan a trip to China or be prototyping the next fancy gadget to get your prototypes launched. Specialising in CNC routing and milling, our team at Stoney CNC can help you in all aspects of the process, plus train you how to implement CAM, and be on hand whenever you need our support.

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