How to Cut CNC Machining Costs
Written by
Andrew Hudak

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June 21, 2016
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Engineering

When you're prototyping parts with CNC machining, the costs can be a limiting factor. While you can get very cheap 3D printed prototypes using low-resolution materials like PLA, CNC machined prototypes generally come with a much higher price tag.

To manage your CNC machining costs, it's important to understand what increases part cost so you can consider these factors in the design stages. There are five main considerations to keep in mind to help reduce CNC costs:

  1. Material Cost
  2. Setup Time
  3. Special Fixtures
  4. Machining Time
  5. Part quantity to reduce per unit cost

To learn how to reduce your CNC machining costs, check out this new article in the Hardware Guide and to learn more about Fictiv's CNC capabilities, check out our CNC services page.

Written by
Andrew Hudak
Fictiv Prototyping Engineer. Everyone has a story, and I want to hear them all. Mine is told through design, music, and getting lost outside.
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