Welcome to Thomas Insights — every day, we publish the latest news and analysis to keep our readers up to date on what’s happening in industry. Sign up here to get the day’s top stories delivered straight to your inbox. This Thomas Index Report is sponsored by Metal Tech, a leading provider of custom precision metal stamping and machining services. Hello. In this week’s Thomas Index Report, we’re going to take a look at sourcing activity for CNC Machining by users of the Thomasnet.com platform. Our data shows that over the past 12 weeks, sourcing activity for this category is up 28% over its historical average. It’s also up 38% year over year. Computer Numerical Control, or CNC machining, is a subtractive manufacturing process that uses computerized controls and machine tools to create parts by precisely cutting and shaping metals, plastics, wood, and other materials. Since the very first basic CNC technology was introduced in the sixties, it has grown to become one of the most widely-used machining processes throughout the modern manufacturing industry. Today’s advanced five-axis CNC machines can create incredibly complex parts, and what they are capable of doing only promises...