thumbnail of Andrew Hudak
Fabricate, Processes & Materials

CNC Periodic Table of Elements

We recently launched our new CNC machining service on the Fictiv platform, for parts fabricated and delivered in just 3 days, all using our simple online interface.

In addition to powering hardware teams with the best fabrication services, we think it’s really important to support development with prototyping and manufacturing knowledge.

Our latest knowledge-sharing project—a HUGE combined effort between our awesome design and manufacturing teams—is a visual representation of the foundational elements of CNC machining:

CNC machining periodic table of elements

Download a high-res version of the CNC Periodic Table of Elements here.

Table Architecture

The periodic table is organized by three major categories of information related to CNC machining:

  1. Capabilities - materials, finish, machine types

  2. Manufacturing - cutting tools, machine manufacturers, roles

  3. Examples/Tips - common components, design considerations

While not entirely comprehensive, this is a snapshot of fundamental CNC machining knowledge.

CNC periodic table key

Here’s a closer look at each of the sections:

Materials

CNC machining materials

Finish

CNC machining finish

Machine Types

CNC machine types

Cutting Tools

CNC machining tools

Manufacturers

CNC machine manufacturers

Roles

CNC machining roles

Common Components

CNC machining components

Design Considerations

CNC machining design considerations

 

Was this article helpful? Help us by sharing
Last page
Ultimate Guide to Finishing 3D Printed Parts
In this article we’re going to look at different finishing methods for FDM and PolyJet 3D printed parts and the techniques and tips that can elev
Up Next
GD&T 101: An Introduction to Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) is a language of symbols and standards designed and used by engineers and manufacturers to describe