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Acrylic vs. Polycarbonate CNC Machining

Optically clear plastics like acrylic and polycarbonate are popular glass alternatives because they have excellent optical clarity (up to 92% visible light transmittance), and are lightweight, easy to machine, and cost-friendly.  This article discusses these two plastics and their general characteristics and applications — including the CNC machining requirements for acrylic and polycarbonate, and when […]


9 Tips for Better Engineering Drawings that Save Time and Money

This article was revised by Tessa Axsom in September 2023 Even in 2023, with the rising popularity of model-based definitions, engineering drawings are still a great way to communicate design intent for CNC machined parts that require tight tolerances, material specifications, or other special requirements. That’s why many Fictiv customers in the robotics, aerospace, automotive, […]


How to Design Wire Guides that are Functional and Beautiful

A robot performing parkour was impossible 30 years ago, but now, Boston Dynamic’s Atlas robot can traverse an obstacle course gracefully and precisely. Boston Dynamics uses Atlas as an exercise to unlock the next generation of mobility, perception, and athletic intelligence in robotics. The Atlas robot is constructed of a beautiful combination of 3D-printed titanium […]


Precision Machined Parts: Fictiv’s Comprehensive Guide

What comes to mind when you think of precision machined parts? Maybe what comes to mind is something like a super fancy surgical instrument, components of a space antenna, or even a jet engine. Precision machining is what produces many of the parts that make the world go round. This guide will explain the basics […]


Tool Balancing: Our Top 5 Tips

Balance is important when you’re CNC machining parts —  you can break things if your balance is off. Balancing tools for CNC machinery, or “tool balancing”: This article will discuss how tool balancing works, its process, the common tool balancing standards, the importance of tool balancing, and the considerations to take. Why Should You Balance […]


What Is a Toolroom Mill?

It’s usually not the most organized, clean, or well-lit area in a machine shop, but it is critical in supporting machining operations. In manufacturing facilities equipped with them, the toolroom is a designated space that engineers and expert machinists use to create and maintain tooling. This area is typically separate from the main production floor […]

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