Design for manufacturability is a concept we prioritize in metal fabrication that focuses on using smart design in the manufacturing process. Every metal fabrication project is different, but there are certain best practices that apply to every situation. In this article, we are going to discuss some design for manufacturability best practices used in metal fabrication.
Minimize the Amount of Required Parts
In any metal fabrication project, it’s a good idea to keep your part counts as low as possible. This helps reduce cost, makes assembly easier, and increases the strength of the overall design. In addition to that, parts should always be combined if it makes sense to do so.
Keep the Manufacturing Process as Simple as Possible
Simplicity is key when it comes to manufacturing. While it may seem advantageous to design a complex process, it’s important to keep it as simple as possible to avoid setback, and to keep in mind the capabilities of the metal fabricator.
Don’t Overcomplicate Assembly
Assembly takes place near the end of the fabrication process, after the parts have been delivered to the manufacturer. That being said, some metal fabricators (like us) provide assembly services in house. Project engineers need to approach the design with assembly in mind to keep things as simple as possible for whoever is assembling the final product.
Minnesota Metal Fabrication Company
At Data Metalcraft, Inc. we have been providing metal fabrication solutions to clients for several decades. We specialize in customized, turnkey fabrication services. Our team can guide you through each stage of the fabrication process from start to finish, ensuring that your project completes on time and within your allotted budget. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you with your next metal fabrication project. You can find us at our primary facility in Arlington, MN. We also provide fabrication services to customers throughout the state of Minnesota and the greater Midwest region.