There are a number of things you can do in the design phase of a metal fabrication project to keep overall costs down. In this article, we are going to offer a few design tips for working with sheet metal. These tips can help you accomplish your project goals while saving you time and money.
Taking into account the tooling required for your project can have a serious impact on the overall cost of the project. Using press-brake tooling for straight-line bends is the best way to keep your costs low and your manufacturing times fast. If your design calls for more complex tooling, just be aware that your costs and times may increase.
In any metal fabrication project, it’s important to consider tolerances as there are many elements involved in the project that can impact shape and size. For example, a design that doesn’t allow any clearance between parts can present issues with tolerance stack up – meaning parts won’t fit together during the assembly process. During the modeling phase, it’s important to take these tolerances into account.
You also want to consider your finishing options, as these can result in a wide array of costs, as certain finishes are more expensive than others. Your fabrication company will be able to walk you through your options when it comes to finishing.
Metal Fabrication Experts
At Data Metalcraft, we provide customized metal fabrication services to customers in Minnesota and around the Midwest. With decades of experience, our team works with you to ensure that your project is a success from start to finish. When you form a relationship with us, one of our project managers works with you throughout the process to provide turnkey fabrication solutions for your project. Contact us today at our Arlington location to learn more about our services and chat with an expert about your metal fabrication project!