The implementation of CNC (computer numerical control) technology has dramatically transformed the manufacturing industry, providing a highly efficient and cost-effective means of producing a diverse range of products. However, with the increasing need for intricate and complex products, advanced CNC techniques have become increasingly popular.
These innovative techniques include multi-axis machining, 3D printing, Direct Energy Deposition (DED), and more. To choose the appropriate technique for your project, it’s essential to understand the differences between each method. In this blog, we will break down the key components of each technique to help you make an informed decision.
CNC multi-axis machining involves multiple axes of movement to create complex shapes and geometries that are difficult to produce using traditional CNC methods. This technique is widely used in the aerospace, medical, and automotive industries to fabricate intricate components and parts.
The main advantage of multi-axis machining is that it reduces setup times, increases productivity, and saves time and materials by machining parts in a single operation. However, several factors need to be considered when selecting the appropriate machining equipment, such as the complexity of the parts to be machined, the desired precision, and the material.
3D printing is a rapidly growing CNC technique that enables the rapid, cost-effective production of prototypes, low-volume production parts, and complex geometries. The selection of a suitable 3D printer depends on factors such as the type of material to be used, the desired level of precision, and the size and complexity of the parts to be printed. Additionally, the ease of use, reliability, and cost of the equipment should also be considered.
Direct Energy Deposition
Direct Energy Deposition (DED) is an advanced CNC technique used to produce metal components and parts. Unlike traditional CNC machining, DED involves adding material to a part using a high-powered laser or electrode.
DED offers several advantages over conventional machining techniques, such as reduced production costs, less material waste, and faster production times. It is an ideal choice for producing large, complex parts efficiently.
If you’re in need of a CNC machining company to manufacture all your tooling needs, Epic Tool can provide you with the necessary solutions. We’re one of Canada’s fastest growing companies for a reason with a reputation built on quality and precision. Our experienced team of machinists produce the best quality tools with superior sub-micron carbide grades that are capable of maintaining the toughness and wear resistance necessary for today’s advanced machining techniques.