About our digital making methods

Digital making methods


Personal Factory gives you access to fabrication technologies that turn your design files into real products.

We call these technologies “digital making methods”.
And we currently offer three different digital making methods:
• 3D printing
• CNC routing
• laser cutting

What is 3D printing?


3D printing is an additive manufacturing process by which a digital file is translated into a physical object by a 3D printer.

The object is made by building up multiple layers of material. A variety of materials can be used for 3D printing, and different 3D printers build objects in different ways.

Here are just a few examples of what you can do with 3D printing.

Want to see your design idea made real with 3D printing?
Personal Factory is like your own 3D printing service.
Make your own 3D printed products today.

More 3D printing resources:
FAQ: 3D printing
Blog: articles tagged 3Dprinting

What is CNC routing?


CNC Routing is a subtractive manufacturing process by which a router is controlled by a computer to cut a sheet of material.

CNC stands for computer numerical control. Computer conrolled movement of the machine is based on the Cartesian coordinate system (X, Y, Z) allowing for three dimensional shaping.

(This one’s brand new for us! Product examples coming soon.)

Want to see your design idea made real with CNC routing?
Personal Factory is like your own CNC routing service.
Make your own CNC routed products today.

More CNC routing resources:
FAQ: CNC routing
Blog: articles tagged CNC routing
Video: CNC router in action

What is laser cutting?


Laser cutting is a subtractive manufacturing process that cuts a digital design file into a piece of sheet material.

A laser cutting machine uses a computer to direct a high-power laser at the material. The material then melts, burns or vaporizes leaving an edge with a high-quality finish.

Here are just a few examples of what you can do with laser cutting.

Want to see your design idea made real with laser cutting?
Personal Factory is like your own laser cutting service.
Make your own laser cut products today.

More laser cutting resources:
FAQ: laser cutting
Blog: articles tagged laser cutting
Video: laser cutter in action
Video: the basics of laser cutting with your Personal Factory