New equipment options provide multiple metal cutting options. So does outsourcing. Read on.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape the metal fabricating industry. Internally, companies must do more with fewer employees due to layoffs and furloughs. Externally, companies expect more from their suppliers—faster turnaround, better pricing and turnkey services.
For small and medium sized businesses, as well as individual entrepreneurs, newer inexpensive equipment options (under $7,500) enable portable plasma, waterjet and laser cutting. Perhaps you’re considering the purchase of one or more of these systems versus sourcing your parts from a full-service metal fabricating partner. If that’s you, here are some insourcing and outsourcing pros and cons to consider.
When it comes to metal fabricating, three cutting processes dominate:
DIY equipment options provide viable options for companies desiring control over parts development. Plus, there’s the “cool’ factor associated with owning the latest systems that enable prototypes, one-offs and low-volume parts production wherever and whenever.
However, there are compelling reasons to consider outsourcing. Here are four:
“In many cases we can ship finished parts faster than what they can be produced on these newer offerings.”James Belosic, chief executive officer at SendCutSend, a laser-cutting company specializing in custom, small-batch fabrication.
SendCutSend’s team of fabricators, designers and software engineers can answer laser-cutting questions and help ensure a seamless process using fiber-optic laser equipment that cut up to 2200 in./min. resulting in parts in as little as three days. Parts produced include custom tooling, electronic parts and jewelry, to name a few.