The main benefit is that you are working with an end-use material. Quickparts works with this subtractive process and calls it Manufactured Plastic Prototypes (MPP). Like most subtractive prototyping, Computer Numerical Controls (CNCs) remove material from a solid block, in this case plastic, to create prototypes or end use parts. The materials suitable for this low-cost process are ABS natural, ABS black and Acrylic clear; materials durable enough for end-use applications.
Overall tolerances are +/- 0.010 in. for virtually any size design. Plus, like other subtractive rapid prototyping processes, CNC machining leaves a smooth surface finish without the “stair stepping” finish seen with other rapid prototyping processes.
Lead time is typically 8 to 11 business days.