Leverage the user’s supplier resources
Larger vendors tend to have more resources available. For OEMs, this means more cost savings. CNC processing manufacturers with sufficient funds have purchased the machinery needed for the most efficient custom processing.
Even if a piece of equipment has only five years of history, a suitable CNC processing supplier will evaluate newer models and use equipment that will save customers the most money.
The user’s manufacturer should also work with their suppliers to learn more about the cost-effective methods of machining parts. The material supplier helps the user’s manufacturer understand the new material and select the right coolant and machine for the specific environmental conditions. Metal manufacturers should meet with suppliers on a regular basis, preferably at least once a week.
In addition to metalworking services, skilled manufacturers also provide their expertise. Through product audits, experts can provide users with advice on process and design techniques to help users reduce CNC machining costs. For example, the following strategies can help users save money:
1. Reduce the wall thickness
Minimizing wall thickness can significantly reduce costs. However, it is important not to overdo it. Too thin a wall can actually increase the cost of the user because it does not stay in good shape during the manufacturing process.
2. Limit depth
Design shallow holes as much as possible and eliminate unwanted holes. The rib depth should not exceed 2 inches, and the user should try to eliminate unnecessary undercuts in the design of CNC machined parts.
3. Minimize small functions
It takes more time to machine small functions because they are difficult to mill. Unless some small features are absolutely necessary for the user’s product operation, eliminate them to reduce costs.
4. Avoid text
The sunken text on CNC machined parts costs extra money because of the long processing time. If users use expensive materials, it is especially important to reduce the text – a mistake on expensive materials can greatly increase the cost of the user.
In the user’s entire relationship, the user’s supplier should be flexible and adapt to the needs of the user. It is not uncommon for an OEM to call a supplier in the afternoon and say that it sends a batch of fixtures that need to be processed the next morning. In most cases, the user’s supplier should be able to meet this requirement. With flexible, customized processing services, users’ businesses will gain the attention they need to thrive.