5 Reasons to Use CNC for Rapid Prototyping

5 Reasons to Use CNC for Rapid Prototyping

CNC machining for rapid prototyping allows you to leverage the many advantages of computerized equipment to produce fast-turnaround prototypes, engineering models and high-quality end-use parts in the least possible time. Here are the top five reasons to consider CNC...
Improving CNC Machined Parts with Thin Film Coatings

Improving CNC Machined Parts with Thin Film Coatings

One reason Star Rapid recently partnered with Guhring tools of Germany is because of their proven technology in applying thin film coatings to their cutting tools. Let’s look at why these thin films are so important to tool performance and how this translates...
How is G-Code Used to Make CNC Machined Parts?

How is G-Code Used to Make CNC Machined Parts?

What is G-Code? G-code is a generic term for a programming language used to instruct a numerically-controlled machine tool. It controls all aspects of machine movement including spindle speed, the tool path, how fast to move and where to locate itself in a multi-axis...
6 Early Inventions in the History of CNC Machining

6 Early Inventions in the History of CNC Machining

All CNC machines, regardless of their size or complexity, make use of the same few technical innovations – some more than one-hundred years old. By tracing the history of these innovations we can follow the trends that led to the development of the first...
New Machines Increase Our CNC Machining Capacity

New Machines Increase Our CNC Machining Capacity

With the arrival of six new Haas machining centers (four VF 2 SS and two DT-1), we now have fourteen additions to the CNC manufacturing workshop this year alone, with more on the way. Three machines will be dedicated to high-speed milling, while two more will be used...
The Top 7 CNC Machining Techniques

The Top 7 CNC Machining Techniques

There are many new and innovative manufacturing processes coming into use these days, including different kinds of 3D printing. But CNC (computer numeric controlled) machining is still by far the most common way to mass produce parts in metal and in many types of...