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3D printing vs CNC Machining

In the product development phase there are many process options for creating models, prototypes, patterns or molds. Selecting the best approach requires an appreciation for the project requirements, an understanding of the process considerations, and an evaluation of the resulting time, cost and quality. Without this information, it is difficult to identify the optimal approach.

Read this white paper to learn about the differences between CNC machining and 3D printing, including:

  • Workflows, including setup and complexities
  • Time and cost outlines
  • Quality characteristics
  • Terminology overview

CNC (aluminum) on the left, 3D printed (plastic), right.

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