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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 […]


Our Top Three Tips for Reducing CNC Lead Time

Time is money, and when you’re replacing a safety-critical part on a conveyor belt, needing interim production parts due to a line-down situation, or working on a new product to show a customer in a few days, fast CNC machined parts can save or make you a lot of cash. Nothing is more frustrating to […]


Glass-Filled Nylon: Advantages and Disadvantages

Glass-filled nylon is an engineering plastic that combines the strength and mechanical properties of glass with the versatility of nylon, a thermoplastic that’s used in 3D printing, injection molding and CNC machining. Incorporating glass fibers into the nylon matrix improves strength, stiffness, and durability; however, there are some trade-offs to consider.  In this article, we’ll […]

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