3D printing and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milling are two prototyping processes to consider when prototyping a product to support product development, so what should you do when it comes to specific applications, especially when designs and product specifications are yet to be finalized? How to choose between these two processes? Combined with specific cases, we can understand the characteristics of the two processes.
3D printing process advantages:
1. Materials. The 3D printing process as a whole can handle a wide range of material categories, but each technology can only handle one type of material, covering a small number of materials in the corresponding category. CNCs can machine a wide variety of materials, each of which contains many options, limited only by whether the material can be machined.
2. Material properties. After CNC machining, the resulting prototype had almost the same mechanical properties as the raw material. After 3D printing, the prototype performed similarly to the raw material. Also consider that 3D printed parts are often anisotropic due to the layered nature of the process.
3. The CNC process tolerance is smaller.
4. The surface finish of CNC is better.
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