3 Ways to Design Efficient Parts for CNC Machining

10-Minute Tech Talk

Available Until: October 25, 2017

With a few relatively simple adjustments to your part design and material selection, you can improve the functionality of your machined parts while reducing manufacturing costs. Important design considerations like feature thickness, complexity, and radii all contribute to machining a more efficient part.

In this 10-minute Tech Talk, you’ll learn:

  • How to reduce manufacturing costs by simplifying part design 

  • Material alternatives to improve functionality while cutting production cost 

  • Why designing with moldability in mind early can better prepare for a move to injection molding



Tony Holtz, Technical Specialist, Proto Labs

Tony Holtz is a technical specialist at Proto Labs, a digital manufacturing company specializing in quick-turn 3D printing, CNC machining, and injection molding. Tony has been with Proto Labs for more than 10 years with roles ranging from CNC mill operator to mold designer to customer service engineer. While his formal education is in industrial machinery operations, he has extensive knowledge and experience in both traditional and advanced manufacturing processes and materials. Throughout his tenure at Proto Labs, Tony has worked with countless designers, engineers, and product developers to improve the manufacturability of their parts.


Lisa Arrigo, Tech Briefs Media Group

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