Incorporate these design and material considerations to reduce your machining expenses
Machining gets a bit more complex every year, and as a result, it can be challenging to keep pace with the dos and don'ts of part design. But lowering the cost of machined parts while improving functionality can still be achieved by a few relatively simple adjustments to your part design or material selection.
At FM, we use automation software to quote parts and highlight features that need design attention. The software will catch features that are unmanufacturable up front, but it will also highlight areas that do not necessarily require change, but can improve the design's overall machinability—thin walls, engraved text, deep holes, and complex geometries, to name a few.
Here are a few tips to help you design more cost-effective machined parts.