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Complementing Your Chip-Making Capabilities

Integrating alternate manufacturing processes can enable a shop to distinguish itself from competing companies and branch out into new areas. Of course, there are important questions to ask and factors to consider when you pull the trigger on a new technology.

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Machining is first performed on Swiss-types and/or wire EDM equipment before 3D bending creates complex bends for medical components such as this.

 
Modern Machine Shop’s February cover story is based on the premise that shops don’t shape themselves—customers shape shops. That is, customer needs ultimately drive decisions about the processes shops choose to bring in-house. In some cases, shops with years of experience in subtractive machining may determine that it makes good business sense to also become proficient in an alternate, complementary manufacturing method. The cover story is a perfect example. It explains how a supplier of precision turned parts was spurred to engineer its own 3D CNC bending technique to create complex medical instruments from pre-machined wire and tubing.
 
What alternate manufacturing processes are you considering bringing in-house? Let me know.