Many entrepreneurs and businesses that get into CNC machining realize the challenge of managing costs of the entire process.
First, we have to understand that the solution for minimizing CNC machining costs will always have two major dimensions – the fixed costs that could apply to all CNC operations and the variable costs that you can minimize with tips that we provide here.
It will be important to categorize your machining costs and break them down based on parts, materials, operational strategies. That being said, we are going to elaborate on the most critical costs that you can reduce directly in CNC machining.
Reducing Startup Costs
Pockets - Use Rounded Internal Corners and Thicker Radius
Avoid Tighter Tolerances and Minimize Setups
Consider Alternative Materials and Avoid Complex Finishes
You should select the most cost-effective bulk materials for machining to minimize costs. Aluminum 6061 is a great example as it has high machinability and low cost.
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