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When Bob Malone and Randy Dague established 3-D CNC 25 years ago as a two-man operation in an office little bigger than a closet, they really didn’t have a vision of the future that showed them employing almost 30 people in a 14,000-square-foot building. But that is where they are today.
3-D CNC Inc. (the letters CNC represent computer numerical control) is celebrating 25 years as a precision manufacturer this year. Malone and Dague teamed up because they saw a niche in the manufacturing industry using the latest technologies. The original focus of the business was the sales, support and training of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing software.
3-D CNC today is a precision technology manufacturer specializing in precision tooling, wire EDM services, close tolerance component parts, automated manufacturing equipment, and prototypes. It serves customers in the computer, medical, electronic, aerospace and industrial equipment industries.
“We started with programming for CAD/CAM for early PC use in the tool and die industry,” Dague said this past week. One of their first pieces of equipment was a used $75 tape winder for punched tapes that ran machines. They delivered punched tapes that customers used to run their machines. Later, they helped companies hook computers directly to machines.