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3D Printing Frequently Asked Questions

CNC Machining & CAD Drawing Services in Huntsville, AL

Are you restoring a classic car and can’t seem to find a specific component? We’re here to help! At Innoviv – Product Design, we provide Huntsville private enthusiasts and commercial clients alike with our 3D scanning, print, CNC machining, and CAD drawing services. Our team of engineers works with high-tech machinery and software to recreate the exact piece you need with pinpoint accuracy. However, our engineering services come with a lot of technical jargon. If you would like to know more about our services and what we can offer you, read through our frequently asked questions. When you’re ready, contact us to get started! We look forward to working with you on your next project!

What are the benefits of 3D scanning?

3D scanning is an incredible way to save time, which translates into saving money. 3D scanning is considerably quicker than older modes of scanning and measuring components. This time saved allows an easier transition from scanning to the manufacturing process. Other benefits of 3D scanning include:

  • Extracting valuable knowledge instantly
  • Ability to scan complex and organic shapes
  • Scalability
  • Ability to assess large objects, structures, and environments

How long does it take for a 3D scan?

Typically, we quote our clients a turnaround time of two weeks. This includes part delivery to deliverable. We can provide your 3D scan data quickly, though, if needed. We’ll work with you to establish a timeline that works for your project and budget.

Why should I use 3D printing?

3D printing technology provides you with accurate, affordable recreations of objects you may not be able to create or fabricate yourself. They’re quick and durable and can come in a wide variety of materials, depending on your needs. The possibilities are endless for what we can create for you. Whether you need a part that is no longer manufactured, never was, or requires a unique component for your project, we can 3D print it for you.

What 3D scanning services do we provide?

We provide accurate, high-quality 3D scanning services to reverse engineer parts. From there, we can provide 3D printing, CNC machining, and more.

Where is CNC machining used?

Our team uses CNC machining for a wide range of materials. We can machine a variety of metals, glass, foam, wood, composites, and other materials for all industries. The computer-aided programming controls automate and monitor the movement of the entire process for pinpoint accuracy of your component.

3D printing VS CNC machining?

The biggest difference between 3D printing and CNC machining is the way the parts come together. In 3D printing, we use additive manufacturing to create a 3D object. This creates less waste but can only be created from specific materials, usually a plastic polymer. On the other hand, CNC machining uses subtractive manufacturing, meaning that it starts with a large block of the material and shaves and cuts it down to create the 3D object. This creates significantly more waste. However, you can use CNC machining on a wider variety of materials, leading to a stronger result.

What is CAD Drawing?

CAD drawing stands for Computer-Aided Design. This means that computer programming identifies the perfect way to draw a digital object and recreate it in the physical space using calculations and user inputs.