Why should you care about Near Net Shape (NNS)

NNS-originalAs much as we at Nylatech love using our CNC machines for creating high-precision cuts, it’s a slow process because it’s so detailed. While CNC machining is still a great process that we recommend often for some projects, we also often suggest a new manufacturing process called Near Net Shape (NNS) manufacturing. 

In this process, we create the finished piece as close to the final dimensions as possible to minimize the need for additional surface finishing. It’s possible to decrease the production cost by up to two-thirds in some cases. It’s also part of the Lean Manufacturing processes because it focuses on minimizing product waste during the machining process.

The key benefits of this process include:

  • reducing material waste
  • lowering overall production cost
  • reducing finishing steps
  • lowering production time.

 We’ve seen this process work well for: 

  • Rollers
  • Bushings
  • Gears
  • Pulleys & Sheaves
  • Sprockets
  • Bearings
  • Valves & Seals

So, what does this mean for your cast nylon projects? Depending on the specs of your project, we may recommend NNS processes for your project to save you time and money. 

To see if NNS can be used in your project, contact us with your project specs and we’ll see what we can do to get you the best possible end result and the best possible price point.