Unlike traditional fabricators, laser profiling companies routinely offer turn-around times measured in days and not weeks. A few are now extending their services to include forming, the tapping of holes, the addition of inserts and even painting in some cases. These secondary operation services however seem to be something of a step into the unknown for many
The internet is like an infinite universe when it comes to marketing out-reach. Enquiries can (and do!) come from anyone and in relation to any type of product or technology. As professional mechanical engineers we like to think we can apply our core skills to overcome most technical issues, but the challenge is achieving that within a satisfactory time & budget. The real issue is that of the “unknowns”.
What prospective clients need to know before they engage is how much their product will cost to develop, how long it will take and how much it will cost to make.
But how do we determine this if the product does not exist?
When you have designed a bespoke component or assembly there are countless suppliers who could potentially produce it for you. Try typing “plastic injection moulders” or “precision machinists” in your browser search tool and see how many hits you get: literally millions! So, on what grounds do you make your selection? I’d suggest that the answer is definitely not
It’s probably true that most people in the developed world would once have owned a clock or a watch. These household items that are now often taken for granted were once critical to the development of our industrialized nations.
But do you know the fundamental mechanical principles that are leveraged to power our everyday clocks and watches?