Frequently Asked Questions
What information do I need to get the ball rolling on my project?
“The engineer’s first problem in any design situation is to discover what the problem really is.”
This pretty much sums up the challenge we face when we speak to a client for the first time on a new project!
We want to help get your part(s) made the best way we can. Thus knowledge of what you want from the part(s) is very useful and helps us select the most appropriate option.
Hence we thought it might be helpful to put together a checklist, which will help us give you a more accurate quote in as short a time frame as possible.
Of course we appreciate it’s not always possible to have all the relevant information, particularly when the design is in it’s infancy, or if CAD data is not readily available; in that case we are very happy to discuss your concept and look at the options with you.
What we need to know:
Geometry – a 3D CAD file, preferably STEP (.stp), IGES (.igs), Parasolid (.x_t or .x_b) or STL (.stl).
2D drawing info - thread call outs, surface finishes, critical tolerances.
Quantity – is this a one off, or a prototype with a production schedule to follow?
Time schedule – when are the part(s) required?
Material – metal, plastic, clear, flexible, specific grades or simulants acceptable?
Function – is it cosmetic or a working part; will it require endurance, heat resistance, chemical resistance etc?
Finish – surface roughness, painted, polished, raw etc?
What it's nice to know:
Colour – if you have a specific colour in mind, do you have the pantone, or a sample?
Material details like rubber hardness.
Do you have a particular process in mind?
Is it an existing part and if so, is there a sample to replicate?
Do you have a target price or budget in mind? This may determine limitations on material or process options.
Whatever stage you are at with your project, talk to us and tell us as much as you can – we will be happy to help.
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