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Artificial Intelligence: A Digital Manufacturing Catalyst

Artificial intelligence often gets a bad rap. When management wants to start using AI to make the factory more productive, people assume computers will take their jobs. But the truth is, AI isn’t here to replace critical frontline workers. Artificial intelligence is a manufacturing catalyst tool that enables workers to accomplish higher-value tasks with greater […]

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Vapor Polishing Versus Manual Polishing Plastics: Vaporizing the Mystery

Have you dismissed the idea of CNC machining a plastic part because you’re worried about the time, dexterity, and patience required to hand-sand the part? Still, there’s something to be said for the satisfaction of a pristine surface after removing the imperfections with a piece of sandpaper. If you’re looking for ways to smooth CNC […]

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CNC Machining for Production

Introduction The concept of and applications for CNC machining are mainstream in modern manufacturing and are used to make products in a range of sizes & varying dimensions. However, CNC machining for production is volume-dependent.  Mastering CNC production entails learning how to efficiently utilize a CNC machine to produce large quantities of components. This article […]

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 Jigs vs Fixtures: An Overview

Jigs and fixtures are frequently utilized in CNC machining to ensure precision, accuracy, and quality of CNC machined components. These are both types of engineered tooling designed to hold things in place during machining. The ability to hold things in place makes jigs and fixtures workholders for CNC machining. While both of these terms are […]

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Hard Metals vs. Soft Metals for CNC Machining

The mechanical hardness of a material is defined as the ability of it to resist deformation. Hardness is measured by the amount of indentation made by a standardized applied force to the surface of a material.  Hardness is an important characteristic to consider when designing components that interact with each other. For example, when designing […]

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Casting vs CNC Machining: We’re No Longer in the Bronze Age, But Is It Right for Your Part?

Casting, a process whereby molten metal is poured into a mold, has been around for over 6,000 years and is still widely used today. Advances in casting technology enable the casting of high quality parts with tight tolerances, not unlike CNC machining, a newer manufacturing method that’s also widely used.  But have you ever considered […]

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