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22 CNC Machining KPIs You Should Really Care About

06/08/2023 | Brad Kurtzweil

In the world of CNC machining, precise measurements are what we do, often to .001”.

Yet, there’s another form of measuring going on, or at least there should be: measuring performance. Manufacturing KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) help businesses evaluate performance in order to make strategic adjustments.

With so many possible KPIs to use, trying to fully understand them can leave your head spinning faster than a PCD insert in a 90° square shoulder face mill (a little CNC machining humor for you). So, this article is an attempt to simplify KPIs by providing an overview of them, not a deep dive.


A Step-By-Step Guide to the RFQ Process & Choosing the Right CNC Machine Shop

05/22/2023 | Brad Kurtzweil

Do you rely on the RFQ process to get accurate quotes from your CNC machining partners? This vital process not only results in a quote (as well as details into timelines, capabilities, machining techniques, external services, and more), it serves as a guide after the work has been awarded.


CNC Engineering Manufacturability — 6 Services That Drive Part Quality & Performance

04/12/2023 | Jason Schuh

Designing a new part is one thing. Manufacturing it is a different story.

Talk with any customer of a CNC machine shop and you’ll likely hear an example of a part design being altered, refined, and/or improved thanks to CNC precision engineering. Of all the CNC engineering services provided by a shop, having an influence on the design itself may not be what you think of first.


A Precision Part Starts and Ends With You — Cost-Effective, On-Time CNC Precision Machining Series: Part 2

03/29/2023 | Ken Jones

In part 1 of our series on cost-effective, on-time CNC precision machining we explored how to go from RFQ to a successful project.


RFQ to Successful Project — Cost-Effective, On-Time CNC Precision Machining Series: Part 1

03/15/2023 | Ken Jones

Tedious. Exciting. Frustrating. However you think of RFQs (Requests for Quote), it’s a standard business practice that’s here to stay. In fact, it may be becoming a bigger differentiator within manufacturing than ever.


AI CNC Machining: How are Robotics & Automation Shaping the Future of CNC Machine Shops?

03/01/2023 | Matt Oswald

AI CNC machining — that is, using artificial intelligence within the CNC machining process — feels like a natural union, doesn’t it?


The Importance of Metal Casting: How CNC Machining Tolerances Make Good Parts Great

02/16/2023 | Jason Schuh

Imagine this: a manufacturing technique that’s lasted for more than 6,000 years AND is still highly valued today. That’s metal casting.


5 Reasons DFM (Design for Manufacturability) Guides CNC Machining & the Casting Process

02/07/2023 | Jason Schuh

These are demanding times.

For a new product design to be considered successful today, the manufacturing process used to build it must be scrutinized as much as the product itself. Modern designers look to design for manufacturing (DFM) to reduce costs, simplify how a product is produced, reduce design rework, and maintain overall quality.


Quality Control For CNC Machining: What Is A QMS? Why Is It So Important?

01/31/2023 | Matt Oswald

We’ve said it before, and we’ll continue to say it: Quality is everything in CNC machining.

It’s the reason why manufacturers use CNC machining to produce precise parts. Of course, every CNC machine shop will say that they highly value quality and meet quality requirements. But, how do you know for sure?


Top 7 CNC Machining Trends That Will Drive Success In 2023

12/16/2022 | Brad Kurtzweil

What does CNC machining look like moving into 2023? Will machine/software integration continue to evolve? Should we expect the labor shortage to turn around? Are the effects of the pandemic now mostly in our past?