3D Printing has taken off in a big way recently, to the point where ‘3D printing’ has basically become a synonym for additive manufacturing. But there is also subtractive manufacturing, which comprises the machining we do here at Smith Industries.

You might not be familiar with the terms ‘subtractive’ or ‘additive’ in regards to manufacturing, but as their names imply, they are, in a sense, opposite processes.

This article here does a great job in breaking down what they are, and what they can accomplish.

Basically, additive manufacturing (such as 3D printing), involves ‘adding’ layers of a material to create the desired shape, whereas subtractive manufacturing involves taking a solid block of material, and then successively ‘subtracting’ from it to create the desired shape.

At Smith Industries, we use a variety of machines including CNC, to create the shape and part that you need. Please see our services page for an idea of what we can do for you.

Have an idea for a project, or simply looking for a machine shop to make you a replacement part? Contact the team at Smith Industries today!


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