CNC Capabilities Enhances Prototyping Process for Hardware Developers in Automotive, Aerospace, Medical and Consumer Electronics
SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Jun 20, 2016) – Fictiv today announced it has added CNC capabilities to its transformative manufacturing platform, giving users access to precision prototypes in a matter of days. The CNC offering enhances Fictiv’s platform, helping designers and engineers across a number of industries accelerate their hardware development cycles. By offering on-demand fabrication of 3D printed, and now CNC machined, prototypes through its network of experienced vendors, companies can produce parts at unprecedented speed.
Fictiv’s Platform Dramatically Reduces CNC Turnaround Times
CNC machining offers high precision parts to test functional and structural integrity before high-volume production in automotive, aerospace, medical and consumer electronics. CNC machines are used to create production-quality prototypes in metals, as well as plastics. While lead times for CNC parts traditionally extend well beyond 2 weeks, the Fictiv platform shortens turnaround time to just three days.
Faster product development cycles means engineers can get immediate feedback on their designs, ultimately leading to more impactful hardware products. Fictiv provides customers access to its network of pre-vetted, highly skilled CNC and 3D printing manufacturers, with design-for-manufacturability recommendations and price estimates within just one hour.
Distributed CNC Machining Saves Time and Money
“Creative hardware engineering requires that Radicand continuously test the limits of what we can do, which can mean tough fabrication challenges when we prototype,” says Scott Steber, Director of Engineering at Silicon Valley engineering firm Radicand. “Fictiv gives us one platform to manage all of our prototyping projects, regardless of material or size specifications and the insight from their engineers has been valuable in getting us better parts, faster.”
“The real cost of hardware development is the time wasted in the inefficiency of prototyping products,” says Dave Evans, co-founder, Fictiv. “With Fictiv, our customers get CNC or 3D printed prototypes quickly and seamlessly, while benefitting from a wide variety of machines and materials that enables engineers to find the right tool for the job. This greatly accelerates their development cycles for faster iterations to give our customers an unparalleled competitive advantage.”
Access to a Wide Variety of Materials Now Available
Using Fictiv, engineers and designers can upload a CAD design, get an instant quote, and place their order using a credit card or purchase order. Unlike other online platforms, Fictiv allows engineers to upload an optional part drawing for producing tight tolerance, complex parts. After an order is placed, Fictiv’s platform intelligently matches each part to an immediately available machine among its network of highly-vetted vendors, reducing the time needed to fabricate a part from weeks to days. Currently, Fictiv offers the following materials for CNC machining:
Founded in 2013, by two brothers looking for a way to bring Agile methodologies and access to hardware development resources, Fictiv is a manufacturing platform and the most efficient way to fabricate parts. Powered by a distributed network of highly vetted vendors, Fictiv provides the critical infrastructure teams need to streamline prototyping and accelerate development cycles. The online interface makes it easy for customers to get instant quotes, review manufacturing feedback, and manage orders — all through a single service. Fictiv is transforming how teams design, develop, and deliver the next generation of hardware products. For more information about Fictiv or to learn about hardware manufacturing best practices, visit https://fictiv.com/