What’s the best way to display your models? Depending on what kind of model you have, the display can be tricky, especially if you are looking to show them off at their best and ensure that no delicate parts have to bear too much weight. The best answer is usually a model stand.

Building models is an exercise in patience, precision, and careful control of glue, but fortunately, a custom model stand doesn’t have to be the same. CNC (Computer Numerical Control) manufacturing and 3D printing make it possible to custom design the perfect model stand for far less money and effort.

To build a CNC model stand and a 3D model stand, you need to start with a computer model, usually in the form of a CAD file. There are many programs out there you can use to design a CAD model and several free ones that are perfect for beginners. Professional services will also work with you to develop the ideal model stand CAD file. The file for CNC and the file for 3D printing will be different in fundamental ways, as they are working with very different manufacturing techniques and machines. 

CNC Model Stand

Once you have the correct CAD file, you can upload it to a CNC machine. CNC machines take many forms and include CNC mills, lathes, presses, and much more. CNC machines will cut the design they are uploaded with perfectly every single time with a precision not doable by hand. CNC is great for creating small parts to build your CNC model stand, no matter how small your model. 

3D Printed Model Stand

If you are looking for something truly unique, a 3D printed model stand may be a better choice. 3D printed computer models are more complicated because they need support structures, so CNC models don’t, but 3D printers can create shapes, curves, and angles in a way no other manufacturing method can. 

3D printers work by either layering material down as it builds up or fusing the material from a powder. 3D printers are best known for creating plastic products, but they can print various materials, including metal. They also print a wide range of plastics with different looks and traits. If you want a sweeping airy airplane model stand or a thematic tank model stand, 3D printing has you covered.

Jawstec can help you design and create the perfect CNC or 3D model stand. Our expert team can help you look at your model, figure out the ideal design for a custom model stand, and then help you bring it to life. Contact us for a CNC quote or a 3D print quote today!

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