As an OEM, there are several factors that are consistent between projects and throughout industries. One of these is the importance of the prototyping step in both testing as well as production, and the second is the ability to move quickly from concept through to market.
In the past, established OEMs and startup companies typically completed the prototyping phase in-house. Often the logic was that there were limited resources needed in this type of production and that in-house processes would suffice for the prototyping step.
Today, both startups and established OEMs are more likely to outsource prototype machining. There are several reasons for this shift in the process, and each is well worth considering with your specific new component, device, or system.
Companies that specialize in machining offer state-of-the-art equipment. This includes multi-axis CNC machines that offer high levels of precision and cutting to the specific tolerances required by the OEM or the industry. New CNC technology allows for easier and faster configuration of the process, reducing the overall cost of system setup.
When choosing a company for prototype machining, always check into the value-added services provided. Using one company for welding, deburring, fabricating, and other services is a more cost-effective option than using multiple providers.
Fast Turnaround Time
A machining service that focuses on prototyping has the systems in place to offer a fast turnaround time on the prototype. This means quicker testing and verification of the final design, meaning faster movement into production and sales.
Ability to Transition into Production
Choosing a service that offers both prototype machining and the option to move into volume production for the part or component is always a benefit. This ensures the OEM that quality control is in place to produce identical parts to the prototype without the need to go through the system setup process again.