New Technology Update: Is Combination CNC Equipment Right for You?

Balancing Budget and Business Growth

Combination CNC equipment, such as FROG360™, refers to a single piece of equipment that can perform the full range of 3D CNC fabrication tasks (scanning, cutting, milling) usually divided between several different machines. Determining if such an equipment solution is the right fit for your business depends on a number of factors including budget, shop size, and production demands.

Balancing Budget and Business Growth
Combination CNC equipment comes in at a substantially lower price point than a full system which is comprised of 3D CNC scanning, cutting, and milling machinery. Because of this, combination equipment is the obvious choice when budget is of major concern. Provided that it is built to the same exacting standards you would expect from standard 3D CNC fabrication equipment, it offers a good entry point into automated CNC fabrication technology or as a complimentary addition to existing equipment. However, it is important to recognize that while such equipment provides the same fabrication technologies as a full system, it does not match a full system’s overall production capabilities, wherein each component can be in operation at the same time. Depending on current and future production needs it might be wiser to invest in a full system that allows for maximum business growth down the line. This is of course dependent on the particular fabrication needs of your company but it is important to pick the equipment solution that provides the best balance between budget and long-term business growth.


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