When CNCing gets you down, try 3D printing
Taylor Alexander is no stranger to 3D making. His job involves running a CNC machine shop, where he can make pretty much anything he wants, provided he has the time and energy to program the equipment and machine the parts – something that can take all night or even multiple nights. At the end of last year Taylor had a light bulb moment when he realised that this Ponoko platform thingy he kept reading about in Sparkfun! had a US hub which would conveniently service his San Jose location.
With Ponoko 3D printing Taylor can take design shortcuts that aren’t a possibility with machined parts. The time saving is made even greater when the only other task to be done is uploading, ordering and waiting for the part to arrive, so no more depressing “late nights spent getting dirty running the CNC machines”.
One of the pleasant surprises Taylor came across when his first order arrived, was the quality of the print. He’d tried 3D printing in college seven years ago and found the process pretty neat, albeit expensive. However, time certainly advances technology, and Taylor was amazed by the improvement in the fabrication result.
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