The Degree of Difficulty, was setup to rate your parts into a parameter that can be matched between parts and resources. The Degree of Difficulty is based on a scale from 1 to 5, with one being the easiest to 5 being extremely difficult and time consuming to produce. Degrees that are rated 1's, can only match with other level 1's. Degree level 2 Resources can match with degrees 1 or 2. A degree 5 resource can match with all parts. Below are examples:
- These are very simple parts that could easily be done with one setup. These parts use easy to machine materials with a high machinability rating. These parts also have a very high tolerance on all features.
- These are a step up from level 1. These parts need two or more setups and may need specialized equipment. This is where 3D printing will start.
- These parts have multiple setups with multiple features to machine. The tolerance is medium to high.
- These parts have multiple setups with multiple features and complex features that may require specialized machines. These parts will have low tolerances on most features.
- Complex 3d curves using a multiple axis machine, with an extremely low machinability rating, such as Inconel.
* This is a guide to help you find likely parts or resources.