CNC Machines are the backbone of custom, high-strength manufacturing operations. Their ability to churn out strong parts in many geometries is virtually unmatched. However, they’re not without their drawbacks. The necessity of a skilled machinist and the high operating costs of the machines mean machining parts can be extremely expensive. In addition, low volume production runs further exacerbates the problem by requiring machinists to make custom tooling and fixtures for each small job. While Additive Manufacturing cannot (and shouldn’t) replace CNC, it can complement a CNC machine by producing one-off parts and fixtures, freeing up your CNC machine for production runs that generate revenue for your business.