One of the most important rapid prototyping capabilities at PADT is CNC Machining. When most people think of rapid prototyping, they think of layered manufacturing methods that involve lasers and print heads. Over the years, PADT has found that the proper application of CNC machining is the perfect complement to the typical rapid prototyping technologies.
Adding Features or Making Parts
The most common usage of CNC machining at PADT is adding features that are not well suited for rapid prototyping systems. This is especially true when a very accurate surface or hole is required. Because we have both technologies in-house, we can easily take a part made with SLA, SLS, FDM, or PolyJet technology and place it in our CNC mill or lathe and machine any additional features that are needed. There is no need to ever incur additional cost or delay schedules to send any parts to an outside vendor; everything can be done right here at PADT.
It is also not uncommon for a customer to come to us with a request to make a Stereolithography, Selective Laser Sintering, or Fused Deposition Modeling part, and after looking at the part we recommend that machining it out of plastic is a better option. It is sometimes faster or less expensive and it provides the customer with more material choices.
When Prototyping Materials Will Not Work
Another use for PADT's CNC machining capabilities is for producing parts which have material needs that cannot be met with the materials available through SLA, SLS, FDM, PolyJet or urethane casting. In such cases, we can turn to our CNC mill or lathe and machine the parts from whatever material the customer requires.
Learn more About PADT's CNC Machining Capabilities
- 3D Printing
- Other Services
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