We live in a world where we expect everything to be fast. Cars move fast. We get our food in a drive-thru. Everyone needs everything right now. This demand for speed extends to every aspect of life, including your profession, where you likely are under pressure to source high-quality parts at rapid speeds. I have been under the same pressure as a Mechanical Engineer, making me feel powerless. Enter the still-novel concept of rapid CNC machining.
In this article, we’ll be covering the following:
Rapid CNC machining, also known as quick-turn CNC and fast CNC machining, is the process of getting CNC-machined parts with a shortened timeline (typically within a few business days).
Rapid CNC machining:
And its success can often be attributed to the following:
When you partner with Fictiv for your next project, you can expect rapid CNC machining up to 60% faster than the competition. See how we were able to help Honeywell with rapid CNC machining from a lead time of 22 weeks down to just 3 weeks with Fictiv.
The main difference? Rapid CNC machining means CNC parts are delivered faster.
With a traditional CNC machine shop, a customer typically experiences the following frustrations and delays:
Consider a scenario in which Fictiv provides to a customer same-day instant quotes from uploaded files and instant design-for-manufacturability feedback (DFM), which enables the customer to make design changes quickly, ensure quality, and expedite production — all by using the platform’s simple drag-and-drop feature, which takes a matter of seconds.
On the same day, the customer uploads their solid model and drawing to the platform, they could:
But the benefits of the Fictiv platform wouldn’t stop there. The customer would:
Get their parts completed on day 4 — 6 days faster than Fictiv’s competition!
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One of the most common applications of rapid CNC machining is rapid prototyping. While you may be familiar with utilizing 3D printing for rapid prototyping or some other non-machining technique, there is value in using CNC machining. With the advancements in manufacturing technology, artificial intelligence, and the robust capabilities of modern CNC machines, rapid CNC machining is an excellent fit for quick-turn CNC machining prototypes.
When I was working as an aerospace design engineer, one of my mentors used to say, “Fail often and fail fast.” We had access to 3D printing for rapid prototyping back then but didn’t have access to rapid CNC machining. I would have made faster design decisions and prototyped more comfortably using rapid CNC machining. This is because the precision, accuracy, look, function, and feel of a CNC-machined prototype are unmatched.
With traditional CNC machining, you have to wait a week or more to have parts machined, meaning you have less time to iterate designs, especially if you have a tight deadline.
But with rapid CNC machining, you gain the flexibility to practice agility in response to design or manufacturing changes, as companies offering it are structured to move quickly.
Here are even more benefits of choosing Fictiv for a rapid CNC machining project:
Here are our top tips for ensuring you can get rapid CNC machining done as fast as possible:
When machining at any speed, you should always ensure your design is optimized for machining. Check out the following resources to make a seamless transition from design to production:
We work to make your most complex designs come to life rapidly through our partnership approach, which offers speed and agility. Fictiv can work with you to deliver exactly what you need — in as little as 2 days! Now that’s rapid CNC machining!
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