Selecting the right manufacturing process is the key to controlling costs and improving the profitability of your products. Components that are produced by CNC machining can often be converted to formed, stamped or injection molded components in order to achieve greater value in your medical devices. The key is in understanding the tradeoffs that alternative technologies require and the benefits that can be offered.
Machined Metal to Stamped Metal
Why spend hours machining a component if it could be stamped more economically. Depending on the geometry of the component, we can develop a tool and process to stamp and form your component to final or net shape. Read a success story entitled "Defense Contractor Stamps Out Costs." We offer extensive secondary operations to complete components to final specifications.
Machined Plastic to Molded Plastic
If a component can be machined from plastic, it can be molded. As production ramps up through trials to full-scale manufacturing, your machined plastic parts can be molded and completed by secondary machining or molded complete. Let our team of engineers evaluate your components and recommend the most effective approach.
Metal to Plastic Conversion
Modern engineered plastics allow components that are made from metals to be converted to a molded component in the same application. This process can be ideal when you are working to reduce costs. For an example solution, read our case study entitled "I’ve Got One Word For You, One Word. Plastics."
CNC Machining to Screw Machine/CNC machining
Some components must be machined but not all machined components are created equal. Often components are machined to extremely tight tolerances during prototype and pilot production, even though a more generous tolerance may be acceptable. This represents a tremendous opportunity to reduce component cost by combining the speed of an automatic screw machined blank while achieving finished dimensions and features with CNC machining.
Tooling for Low Volumes
Controlling cost during tool building is the key to effective low volume tooling design. We are specialists in developing creative and practical solutions to building low volume tooling. Stamping dies can be scaled back and plastic molds can be simplified to meet low volume manufacturing requirements.