Providing custom parts fabrication services for manufacturing companies makes good sense in that the core competencies of most of these OEM companies lies in the areas of systems design and assembly, and not so much in the processes involved with parts fabrication.
Servicing clients’ needs for parts fabrications can be as simple as producing brackets, baseplates, clips and clamps for use as on-demand spares, or as challenging as providing both engineering and manufacturing assistance for the fabrication of complex parts which involve the need for highly specialized fabrication skills, processes, tooling, and equipment.
Parts fabrication techniques include forming, forging, casting, stamping, and joining. Fabrication can be additive, working from 3D CAD drawings, or subtractive – drilling, cutting, and machining. Determining which fabrication method is to be put in play can depend upon a number of factors, including cost, time to delivery, material type, load bearing specifications, dimensional accuracy or precision, and compliance with commercial or military standards.
Fabrication methods are generally determined by the client, but when assistance is needed, the process to be followed can also be determined by the parts provider. This is often the case with complex parts, which can sometimes involve fabricating custom or complex parts that have been perfectly designed, but are impossible to machine. Constantly communicating with, and when necessary actively collaborating with, clients to determine which fabrication method would be most appropriate is of the utmost importance, with the ultimate objective of providing parts that fully meet specifications, within budget and on time.