From Hermit Crab Shells To Moon Bases: 19 Amazing Things You Can Do With 3D Printing

CNC Routing

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CNC Machine

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First of all, one has to understand the technologies that are being deployed in 3D printing. It is perhaps not the best name; I have tended to call them downloadable designs or digital manufacturing, because it is not always 3D and it is not always printed. One of the most developed technologies is the use of the computer numerical controlled router, or CNC router. This cuts out patterns from sheets of material, often just wood.