Prototyping is one of the most critical stages in the development of your product, and we know that choosing the right prototyping solution can be difficult. It's important to understand the in's and out's of each of your prototyping options, but in the prototyping world, there's one method that ensures more precision, speed, and efficiency than the rest -- Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining.
What Is CNC Machining?
CNC machining is characterized by its use of computers to manipulate various milling machines -- lathes, drills, saws, and so on -- to manufacture components. The CNC machining process utilizes a set of digitized instructions to reliably and precisely guide the actions and movements of the milling machines. CNC machine prototyping brings the creation of high-quality prototypes within reach of those who would otherwise be unable to afford to manufacture prototypes.
Let us walk you through four major CNC prototyping advantages.
It's Fast & Reliable
Computerized machines are much more efficient than humans, on account of their streamlined operation, fast processors, and meticulous engineering. Each individual component of a CNC machining setup is optimized for peak efficiency, allowing for speedy results.
As CNC machining setups work off of the same instruction set each time they're run, you can expect each product being machined to be identical to all others in the batch. This means you can rest assured that each batch of prototypes will be of the tightest tolerance and highest quality possible, therefore you won't have to worry about having "good units" and "bad units" on your hands.
Extreme Precision & Repeatability
Not only can CNC machining quickly produce large quantities of identical units, but it can produce those units with a very high degree of precision. Our machines can make modifications within .001 inches of perfect precision -- far smaller than human machinists or 3D printers can. Even with specifications this precise, your prototypes will still be produced with considerable speed.
With CNC machining, we also eliminate human error. While other prototyping methods require more frequent involvement of technicians and machinists, our CNC process means we only need human intervention once. After we receive your CAD file and program our machines accordingly, we can produce numerous units automatically, with a level of precision a person could only dream of.
It Automates Labor-Intensive Processes
It's not uncommon for prototypes to require in-depth processes in order to reach its finished state. Processes like welding can take a considerable amount of time to complete by hand, meaning drastically lower production efficiency and cost-effectiveness per unit. Our CNC machines solve this problem by automating these processes in addition to the machining itself, meaning In-X Machine is a one-stop shop for complete prototypes.
It Allows You to Go From Prototype to Real-World Production, Fast
After your product leaves the prototyping stage and enters its final form, we'll be ready to begin mass-producing it in short order. As our machines will be already well-tuned to the fabrication of your products, we'll be ready to quickly adapt them in order to have them begin producing your final units. And the size of our shop means we'll have the means to start producing them on a scale large enough to fit your needs, without sacrificing the quick turnaround you demand.