Tips on Designing Affordable Precision Machined Parts

Precision machined parts can be costly, but it doesn’t have to be, if you think outside the box. Taking the time to make clear drawings and design templates for the manufacturing company you choose to do the machine work for, can make all the difference. Additionally, choosing a manufacturing company that has extensive experience in the creation and assembly of precision machined parts will definitely help stay within your company’s budget.

Moreover, if you are not completely sure as to the kind of precision machined parts your project needs, speaking with experienced designers, machinists or knowledge management team members, like the ones at Aztalan Engineering, Inc., can help guide you to the right direction.

Drawing and Design

When designing a precision machined part, there are some elements you should consider. For example, creating shapes that are simple and small or that don’t waste material can help keep the overall project cost down. Think about the following factors:

  • Eliminate the need for sharp inside and outside corners, or if you cannot eliminate them, increase the radius of inside and outside corners.
  • For 3D parts, reduce the number of different hole diameters, or instead of using 3D parts, use 2D parts made from sheet material, which you can bolt or bend together to make 3D shapes.
  • Avoid fine details in shapes such as long protrusions, thin shapes, shapes with lots of material removed, etc.
  • Avoid the need for complex work-holding, as shapes with complex outer shapes are the most time consuming to setup for holding.

Precision Machined Parts Materials

There are several other ways to reduce the cost of your parts, including checking the pricing on different materials. For instance, it may help your company’s bottom-line to know that at times, harder materials tend be more expensive to use in manufacturing. Therefore, if you use a softer material such as aluminum, you can reduce the cost of the final product significantly.

Make sure to talk about your options with one of Aztalan Engineering’s experts during your design phase in order to work with the most cost-effective solutions for your product, rather than going back and trying to change everything later.