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4 Tips for Effective CNC Machining Project Management

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Posted on: January 31st, 2013

At SpecMaster, we enjoy working with our customers to maximize their designs and create the best possible finished product. One of the keys to effective project management is to eliminate as many issues as you can before getting to the machining stage of the process.

Here are some tips to consider reviewing in you next design to make sure your project goes as smoothly as possible once you send it over to the CNC machine shop.

Check your corners and radiuses. Cutting internal sharp corners can be very tricky. Make sure any severe corners inside your design have to be there. Also, if you have a deep radius, that feature will increase the cost of your project. Look for ways to smooth out the corners and confirm that you really need the deep radius from your initial design.

Make sure you’re paying attention to best practices. For example, a tapped hole should be on deeper than 2.5 times the diameter of the thread. If the hole in your plans goes deeper, you should confirm that part of your design. We can do deeper holes, but special taps will be needed and that increases cost. Another simple practice that gets overlooked is to accommodate for the drill point when you have depth requirement.

Compare your blueprint and the model in the CAD file. We have seen these different files not match. It may sound simple, but double check that they are the same design.

Review the components and take out everything you don’t need. It’s easy to add different features when you’re in the computer as it doesn’t cost anything. When it’s time to manufacture, simple is best and most cost efficient. Review your design for elements you can simplify or even take out.

Give us a call at 303-227-3400 or request a quote online to have our crew review your project today.