Issues to Consider on Your Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication Project

Posted November 17, 2020 by TrmetalWorks

Consider the kind of material you need. Some projects may have rigid material requirements for a specific project.

There are countless off-the-shelf options available on the market for sheet metal products. However, in order to remain competitive in the marketplace and still make a profit, manufacturers usually have to pull out a high number of these stock units (such as stamped lovers and industrial dampers) in generic dimensions and sizes, leaving engineers with few alternatives for unique situations. Designers often quickly discover that modifying one of these stock products to fit their application is either very expensive or simply not a viable option. In response to these challenges, custom sheet metal manufacturing can be the best route to the product you need. However, many individuals are understandably concerned about getting a quality product under control and keeping costs under control.

Here are a few things to consider when working with a precision sheet metal manufacturer.

Plan ahead to allow time to manufacture

No matter how quickly your enclosure manufacturer can respond to your custom requirements, there will be a lead time involved. In addition to the time it takes for the submission to be drawn up and your approval time, the material must be required, the production printing package must be produced and the enclosure must be manufactured and assembled. Keep in mind that while working with you, your manufacturer is sure to have other jobs in the process.

Does your manufacturer have prior designs available for use?

Many custom manufacturers have collected a library of designs used in past projects, which might give you an idea of the breadth of experience of the manufacturer: the more designs they have, the more experienced and flexible they are. In addition, they could have a design on hand that could help to meet your needs, which could help to reduce the cost of design.

Ask your manufacturer for a detailed submission

Once you and your manufacturer have verbally determined the exact configuration of your product, ask them to provide a submission detailing the dimensions, specifications and features of the product. This ensures that you and your vendor are both on the same page, both of which can avoid roadside disagreements and help prevent rework.

Consider the kind of material you need. Some projects may have rigid material requirements for a specific project. However, it may be difficult to quote material costs for stainless steel, carbon steel or aluminum due to significant price fluctuations. At any time, one material or another may offer a more cost-effective option without sacrificing performance or quality.

These are just a few of the issues that need to be considered when seeking custom sheet metal manufacturing services. Depending on your particular circumstances, there may be other factors at work. Work effectively with your sheet metal manufacturing company, and you should have no difficulty in acquiring a quality product that meets your needs.

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Issued By TR Metalworks
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Last Updated November 17, 2020