CNC and 3D Printing – Two Manufacturing Methods

CNC and 3D Printing - Two Manufacturing Methods

CNC has been the backbone of manufacturing for centuries. Over the past few decades, additive manufacturing has started to gain traction. Each manufacturing method has its strengths and weaknesses, and it’s important to understand your application and usage before selecting the appropriate method.

Discover in our e-book the strengths and weaknesses of both manufacturing methods in terms of cost, materials, lead times, and more. Learn from real customers on how they are using both CNC and additive manufacturing to achieve optimal results for their part.

In the ebook, discover:

  • Introduction to 3D printing methods
  • Workflows of both CNC and additive manufacturing
  • How CNC and 3D printing can work together to achieve optimal parts

[PDF 1,8MO]

How Kennedy Valve Revived in-house Patternmaking with Additive

How Kennedy Valve Revived in-house Patternmaking with Additive

Kennedy Valve was working with an aging workflow in sand casting applications, developing patterns and tooling with an external supply strategy that replaced their long retired in-house pattern shop. By adding a 1 m3 BigRep industrial 3D printer to their factory floor, they reduced their sand casting pattern and tooling expenses by an astounding $13,000 USD for just one part. Kennedy Valve’s BigRep ONE returned its value after just 5 prints!

Read this large-format additive guide to find out…

  • Affordably and efficiently modernized an aging industrial workflow
  • Reduced sand casting pattern and tooling expenses by $13,000 USD for one part
  • Streamlined the prototyping process with in-house additive manufacturing
  • Creates affordable product showpieces for tradeshows and potential investors

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How RH-Engineering & manoFigura 3D Print Luxury Furniture


How RH-Engineering & manoFigura 3D Print Luxury Furniture

Learn how RH-Engineering and manoFigura use large-format 3D printing to manufacture end-use luxury furniture.

With 3D printing and artisan finishing techniques, René Helmreich and Enrico Klemmer create 100% custom furnishings that create a personalized ambiance in a room. The two have partnered their respective businesses and skills for a truly unique, and highly efficient, manufacturing process. In just four months of operation the team has already gained a foothold in their industry, having sold several products that were rapidly manufactured by their BigRep 3D printer. Find out how RH-Engineering and manoFigura design and create custom furnishings, and to see their breakthrough product, the Magna Patero Ortus – a 3D printed end-use sink.

Read this additive manufacturing case study to learn…

  • How businesses are manufacturing custom products with 3D printing
  • Why additive manufacturing is the perfect solution for custom and small yield production
  • How large-format 3D printers unlock creativity and opportunity
  • Unique post-processing systems for end-use products

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Supply Chain Risk

Supply Chain Risk - Ebook


Find out how you can reorganize your procurement strategy to minimize supply chain risk.

21st century supply chains are global. That’s great for a lot of reasons, like affordable sourcing no matter where you are, but it also invites risk to your supply chain’s stability. Natural disasters, health crises, political movements and more can all occur on the other side of the world but still unexpectedly halt business if your supplier is affected. 2020’s coronavirus pandemic showed just how fickle international sourcing can be, and the scale at which unexpected disasters can affect businesses globally. Luckily, there are ways to organize your supply chain’s procurement to reduce the risk of disruptions.

Read this collection of industrial 3D printing case studies to learn…

  • What a supply chain is
  • Why you should consider the risks to your supply chain
  • 3 strategies to reduce supply chain risk
  • How 3 industrial leaders simplify supply chains with additive manufacturing


[PDF 3,26MO]

POLYAERO’s Mixed Reality Aerospace Programs

POLYAERO's Mixed Reality Aerospace Programs

Learn how POLYAERO (Aix-Marseille University) used large-format additive manufacturing to create their mixed-reality aeronautical engineering program.

In partnership with Airbus, POLYAERO has developed unique accredited degree programs in aerospace engineering and maintenance. Using two novel technologies, large-format additive manufacturing and virtual reality, they’ve overcome the limitations of aerospace technology available to universities.

POLYAERO’s one-of-a-kind mixed-reality learning system balances the benefits of virtual reality and 3D printed mockup parts. It’s an ideal training solution that provides students with the tools they need to safely gain valuable hands-on experience.

Read this 3D printing university case study to find out...

  • Why large-format additive manufacturing and mixed-reality are a perfect match
  • How POLYAERO and Aix-Marseille used 3D printing to improve learning
  • How education with industrial 3D printing provides added value to future engineers
  • Why additive manufacturing is a growing trend in aerospace industries

[PDF 3,6MO]

How to Reduce Lead Time with In-House Supply Chains

How to Reduce Lead Time with In-House Supply Chains

Find out how designers and manufacturers across industries have created incredible efficiencies in their usual project timelines by adopting large-format 3D printing technologies.

Industrial leaders around the world like Ford Motor Company, Airbus SAS, Steelcase and more have leveraged BigRep’s large-format additive manufacturing systems to avoid the pitfalls of early stage product development, tackle traditional production bottlenecks, and create valuable opportunities for increased testing and iterating. They’ve realized massive reductions in time-to-market and increased product quality by implementing industrial 3D printing for novel manufacturing solutions.

Read this collection of industrial 3D printing case studies to learn…

  • How 9 industrial leaders have effectively leveraged industrial AM
  • How AM can reduce lead times by up to 94%
  • How to overcome supply chain bottlenecks
  • The limitations of traditional workflows
  • How novel applications and workflows drive business

[PDF 3,2MO]

Kawasaki’s 3D Printed Tooling

How Kawasaki Optimized Production with 3D Printed Tooling

Learn how Kawasaki Motors Corp.’s Lincoln, USA manufacturing facility saved up to 85% of costs on production tooling by optimizing automotive and aerospace production with BigRep’s large-format additive manufacturing systems.

Kawasaki wasn’t a stranger to 3D printing before diving into large-format with their BigRep, and their wealth of experience with advanced manufacturing equipment helped inform their purchase. By opting to invest in their own facility instead of depending on outsourced parts and production tooling, Kawasaki brought supply chains in house, streamlined engineering and logistical workflows, and returned their investment in just 6 months.

Read this large-format additive guide to find out…

  • How in-house supply chains create incredible savings on production tooling
  • Why automotive engineers trust BigRep’s AM materials in their manufacturing processes
  • How on-demand additive can quickly solve unexpected production bottlenecks
  • How large-format 3D printers bring added value to manufacturing and research facilities

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7 Ways BigRep 3D Printers Unlock Profit Instantly

7 ways BigRep 3D Printers Unlock Profit Instantly

Learn how world-leading companies like Ford, Steelcase, and more made instant returns on their investment in BigRep’s large-format additive manufacturing systems.

Industry leaders have modernized their businesses and created incredible cost efficiencies by introducing 3D printing to their various workflows. BigRep’s additive manufacturing systems offer reliable and flexible functionality that creates massive savings across industries and applications. The benefits of large-format additive are proven at nearly every stage in production processes: increasing opportunities for innovation, working environments, and production speed. But all these benefits serve one bottom line – creating cost efficiencies for businesses.

Find out how the world’s most experienced companies have implemented BigRep’s systems unlock unprecedented efficiency and increased margins right away.

Read this large-format additive guide to find out…

  • How BigRep printers reduce traditional lead times by up to 94%
  • Why moving manufacturing processes in-house secures production timelines
  • How industry giants have made a return on investment from just one application
  • Why any business can earn fast returns from large-format’s flexible manufacturing

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How Airbus 3D Prints Shipping Cases In-House with Large-Format Additive Manufacturing

How Airbus Manufactures Shipping Cases In-House
with Large-Format Additive

Learn how Airbus is leveraging BigRep large-format 3D printers to eliminate a regular expense of up to $10,000 by reinventing a traditional manufacturing workflow.

Airbus and BigRep’s innovation consultancy, NOWLAB, have designed an automated manufacturing workflow to create on-demand custom investment shipping cases for delicate aviation equipment. For Airbus, that will mean secure timelines on aerospace equipment repairs, predictable logistics during unforeseen complications, and massive savings.

Find out how world-leading companies are using BigRep’s additive manufacturing systems to reinvent industrial processes for massive savings.

Read this large-format additive use case to find out…

  • The value of modernizing traditional manufacturing processes with AM
  • How computer-aided design adds value to design for additive manufacturing
  • How manufacturing leaders are getting extra value from large-format systems
  • Why large-format AM creates more opportunities for manufacturing innovation

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Ford upscales their in-house tooling with BigRep 3D printers


Learn how Ford Motor Company optimized factory-floor tooling production with a 94% lead time reduction by introducing BigRep large-format additive manufacturing. With over 30 years of experience in additive manufacturing, Ford upscaled their Cologne prototyping facilities with two BigRep additive systems. After first acquiring a BigRep ONE, Ford returned their investment with just one application. Following such incredible success, Ford expanded their BigRep ONE’s use and eventually needed more additive manufacturing capacity – leading to their next investment in a BigRep PRO!

Find out about Ford’s highly efficient industrial applications.

Read this large-format additive use case to find out…

  • - How to reduce factory tooling lead times by 94%.
  • - How to earn first application ROI with BigRep systems.
  • - Why leading additive experts choose BigRep printers.
  • - What the BigRep PRO offers industrial leaders like Ford.

[PDF 3,26MO]

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