CNC – or computer numerical control – refers to the process of assigning a machining task to a computer. Materials such as metal, plastic, wood, and more can be used for CNC, allowing your project to diversify and tap into a plethora of markets.
In an age where customers demand quality products at a competitive price, it is important to ensure that your use of CNC for your business is a good choice and, ultimately, a fruitful investment. Here are a few top tips to maximize the chances of your use of CNC going to plan.
It is important that, as an independent business, you sell your goods on the best platforms available. The few main things to worry about include security, feasibility, and the sales platforms’ cut of your revenue.
In terms of security, you should ensure that the platform you use is password-protected and has a solid form of encryption. AES or RSA are very powerful forms of encryption which most websites nowadays use, but you should still check with the provider and verify the type of encryption. Not only does this ensure that your business will remain secure, but it would also mean that your profits will be protected against cyber attacks.
The platform also has to be feasible for your business – if you’re looking to sell niche machined trinkets or specific products limited to a very small target audience, you would be better off using a site such as RedBubble for your business. Selling everything from custom fairy lights to World War II memorabilia, there is something for every niche in there. However, if you wish to expand your business to the next level, then investing in developing your own sales platform (which takes no cut from your income) would be a wise choice for the future – nevertheless, providers such as RedBubble are very much desirable for an up-and-coming company that wishes to develop further in the future due to their platform’s flexibility.
As well as making sure that your sales platform is present and correct, you also need to ensure that your provider is similarly prepared for the type of work you need to be done. It is important to consider how established your CNC provider is, for if they go down then your stock does too and, ultimately, your business will likely sink due to a lack of a provider. A few key factors to consider about your chosen CNC provider is the precision at which they work at (higher is better, up to a point of diminishing returns) and the scale of production you desire. It is also important that your chosen company can work with a variety of materials, from wood to sheet metal, so that they can accommodate the expansion and diversification of your business, allowing you to expand effortlessly in the future.
Precision laser cutter services provided by companies such as Rapid Direct provide an excellent cost-to-quality ratio, especially if you are on the look-out for custom sheet metal fabrication for your burgeoning business. They can cater for low-volume prototype design (for a smaller business) to high-volume mass production via processes ranging from water jet to plasma cutting, laser cutting service, precision metal work, custom sheet metal fabricating, and more. They can also provide various finishes for your sheet metal work, and use different sheet metal materials such as aluminum, copper, and steel in an environmentally-friendly fashion. This would allow you to further expand your business and once again diversify into a plethora of markets by catering to a wide target audience, effectively maximizing your profits at the lowest cost to you.
No matter what you decide on, whether it be small-scale production or large-scale mass production, it is important to be decisive in your business choices. Always be on the look-out for the best investment opportunities and remember to be flexible: adapting yourself to a changing environment, especially in this age of digital information, is key. When you are one click away from losing a customer, it is important for your business not only to have the best price/quality ratio but to also be the most responsive to the ever-changing needs of customers.
For CNC machining, it is important to find a reliable supplier whom you can trust to provide you with the best quality materials in order for your business to attain as close to one hundred percent customer satisfaction as possible, therefore ensuring a high income and, ultimately, the survival of your business in what is a very competitive market.
Overall, the three main ‘ingredients’ of a successful CNC-based business are to use a reliable sales platform (or, if feasible, create your own), use a reliable and trustworthy supplier, and (essentially) be bold in your business-making decisions.