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Close cooperation is one of our core values, and not just within our team: We work with every client to ensure that their manufacturing project is optimized for quality, performance, and pricing. We carefully evaluate your needs and customized product design to ensure reduced manufacturing costs and streamlined production, without ever compromising on finished quality.
Wondering how we keep down costs, and how you can ensure you always get the best price for your stamped metal product designs. The following points should give you answers.
Material plays a critical role in the overall cost of your projects. Depending on the required part sizes and specific product requirements, material costs can be easily managed with regard to both material type and thickness in order to maximize performance.
For example, a thin-walled aluminum part may perform just as well as a thicker-walled part made of a heavier metal, depending on the application. If that heavier metal is stainless steel, the aluminum part could come in at ⅓ the material component cost!
Evaluate your applications’ temperature, environmental, strength, and chemical corrosion requirements carefully. This will help in determining the necessary material performance while ensuring you get the best value. And don’t forget to consider specific manufacturing needs — some metals are more difficult to deep draw than others, which can drive up processing costs.
A part’s shape can play a major role in its tooling and forming requirements. For example, when considering a deep drawn metal enclosure, keep in mind that a round deep drawn case is easier to manufacture than a case with corners. Also, consider:
· Inside bottom bend radius
· Ratio of diameter to draw depth (for round cases)
· Inside corner bend radius (for square and rectangular shapes)
· Ratio of width to length to overall case height
It is even possible to reconfigure the drawing depth of the part; some designs can be adapted from an extreme deep draw to a lesser draw by crafting two shallower halves that are then welded together.
How many parts do you need? The scale of your project will determine the most valuable process. For example, low-volume (<50,000 pieces per year) work pieces are best suited for on-line machining or processing through a series of processing equipment and printing presses. Although the part itself may eventually cost more, the low investment in the mold will save a lot of money.
On the other hand, more than 50,000 large-volume runs make more sense for progressive or transitional tool styles. Although these processes involve important initial tooling costs, the production itself is highly automated, so the price of each product is much lower.