Think It. Make It. Podcast Episode #009 – CNC or 3D Printer – Which Should You Buy?

In this episode I talk about the differences between a CNC router/milling machine and a 3D printer and why you might want one over the other… or perhaps both.

There are a lot of things that each type of machine will do better than the other and there is a lot to consider when you try to decide on which will best suit your needs. To try and help you figure it out, I discuss the following in this episode:

  • Should you buy a CNC machine or a 3D Printer?
  • What does “CNC” mean?
  • What is a CNC router/milling machine?
  • What is a 3D printer?
  • What are the limitations of each type of machine?
  • How to choose material choices and which machine works best for each
  • What are the accuracy of each machine type?
  • How to determine which machine is best for a specific job
  • What is the reliability of each type of machine?
  • What is the cost of failure for each type of machine?
  • Using these machines for business purposes – which would be better?


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