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CNC machining

You'll find everything from standard drill bit sizes and thread types to detailed information about surface finishes and heat treatments in our CNC machining knowledge base. Read through the resources to improve your designs for CNC machining.


Standard Drill Bit Sizes for CNC machining (Conversion Tables)
Standard drill bit sizes for CNC machining (conversion tables)
Tables of the standard drill bit sizes (metric, fractional inch, and wire gauge) commonly used in CNC machining.
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Selecting the right CNC material
Selecting the right CNC material
This comprehensive guide compares the 25 most common materials used in CNC machining and helps you choose the right one for your application.
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Producing low-cost cast metal parts using 3D Printing
Producing low-cost cast metal parts using 3D printing
Learn how castable FDM prints can be used to produce low-cost metal parts via investment casting.
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Surface Finishes for CNC Machinining
Surface finishes for CNC machining
A number of post-processing and finishing methods can be applied to improve the surface roughness, visual properties and wear resistance of machined parts. Learn about the most common metal finishes to help you select the most suitable ones for your application.
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Heat treatments for CNC machined parts
Heat treatments for CNC machined parts
Learn how heat treatments can be applied to many metal alloys to drastically improve key physical properties like hardness, strength and machinability.
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Standard Blank Sizes for CNC machining (Sheets & Rods)
Standard blank sizes for CNC machining (sheets & rods)
Tables of the standard blank sizes (sheets & rods) commonly used in CNC machining.
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How to prepare a technical drawing for CNC machining
How to prepare a technical drawing for CNC machining
Technical drawings are not necessary to request a quote, but they are still very important and widely used in the industry, as they improve the communication of technical requirements between the designer/engineer and the machinist.
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How to design parts for CNC machining
How to design parts for CNC machining
In this complete guide to designing for CNC machining, we've compiled basic & advanced design practices and tips to help you achieve the best results for your custom parts.
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Thread types: The practical engineer's guide
Learn how to correctly design threads for manufacturing in order to save time and costs.
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Introduction to CNC machining
Introduction to CNC machining
Learn the basic principles and fundamental mechanics of CNC machining and how these relate to its key benefits & limitations.
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Minimizing the cost of CNC parts (13 proven design tips)
14 proven design tips to reduce the cost of CNC machining
Make the most of CNC machining by optimizing your design and making the right material choices. Read these 14 design tips to help you reduce CNC-machining costs and create the perfect parts for your project.
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