Fictiv Adds CNC Machining to its Manufacturing Platform

Fictiv announced it has added CNC capabilities to its manufacturing platform, giving users access to precision prototypes in a matter of days. The CNC offering enhances Fictiv’s platform, helping designers and engineers across a number of industries accelerate their development cycles. By offering on-demand fabrication of 3D printed, and now CNC machined, prototypes through its network of experienced vendors, companies can produce parts at unprecedented speed.

CNC machining offers high precision parts to test functional and structural integrity before high-volume production. CNC machines are used to create production-quality prototypes in metals, as well as plastics. While lead times for CNC parts traditionally extend well beyond 2 weeks, the Fictiv platform shortens turnaround time to just three days.

Faster product development cycles means engineers can get immediate feedback on their designs, ultimately leading to more impactful hardware products. Fictiv provides customers access to its network of pre-vetted, highly skilled CNC and 3D printing manufacturers, with design-for-manufacturability recommendations and price estimates within just one hour.

"Creative hardware engineering requires that Radicand continuously test the limits of what we can do, which can mean tough fabrication challenges when we prototype," says Scott Steber, Director of Engineering at Silicon Valley engineering firm Radicand. "Fictiv gives us one platform to manage all of our prototyping projects, regardless of material or size specifications and the insight from their engineers has been valuable in getting us better parts, faster."

“The real cost of hardware development is the time wasted in the inefficiency of prototyping products,” says Dave Evans, co-founder, Fictiv. “With Fictiv, our customers get CNC or 3D printed prototypes quickly and seamlessly, while benefiting from a wide variety of machines and materials that enables engineers to find the right tool for the job. This greatly accelerates their development cycles for faster iterations to give our customers an unparalleled competitive advantage.”

Using Fictiv, engineers and designers can upload a CAD design, get an instant quote, and place their order using a credit card or purchase order. Unlike other online platforms, Fictiv allows engineers to upload an optional part drawing for producing tight tolerance, complex parts. After an order is placed, Fictiv’s platform intelligently matches each part to an immediately available machine among its network of highly-vetted vendors, reducing the time needed to fabricate a part from weeks to days.

Currently, Fictiv offers the following materials for CNC machining:

Plastics

  • ABS
  • Nylon 6/6
  • Polycarbonate
  • Delrin 150

Metals

  • 6061 Aluminum
  • 303 Stainless Steel
  • 304L Stainless Steel
  • 316L Stainless Steel

 

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