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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

This table is the culmination of weeks and weeks spent on creative brainstorming, R&D, documentation, and design ideation, so we hope you love it as much as we do!

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:


CNC machining materials


CNC machining finish

Machine Types

CNC machine types

Cutting Tools

CNC machining tools


CNC machine manufacturers


CNC machining roles

Common Components

CNC machining components

Design Considerations

CNC machining design considerations


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