If manufacturers aren’t careful, metal stamping costs can quickly get out of control. But rather than settling for using lower-quality materials or avoiding certain quality control processes, there are other strategies metal stamping manufacturing facilities can take to cut costs in the design phase.
Here are a few ways to save money for customers and in manufacturing with your metal stamping in Phoenix, AZ:
- Pay closer attention to fracture angles: As you may know, when you cut metal, only part of it is actually cleanly cut. As soon as the downward force reaches or surpasses the sheer strength of the metal being cut, the remaining portion of the material will break off, creating a burr referred to as a “fracture angle.” Most of the time, these burs are not a big deal. But for certain parts that have higher tolerance needs, there could be some potential problems with exact accuracy in dimensions. Therefore, metal stamping designs should account for fracture angles to avoid having to redesign or re-stamp.
- Consider smoothing fracture angles: Another option to deal with fracture angles is to actually smooth the edge rather than just accounting for it as part of your design. You do not even necessarily need to use an edge grinder or deburring tool. Coining is a much less expensive solution that could work just as well to either break off or flatten the burrs that pop up during the cutting process.
- Make all notches or holes the correct size: A good rule of thumb is to design for all tabs, notches, holes or slots to have widths equal to 1.5 times the thickness of the material. This will help protect the integrity of the part you are creating while also making the production of those parts easier on a larger scale.
- Keep plenty of material on hand: Your production will come to a halt if you run out of material, so consider placing orders for materials far in advance while also keeping plenty on hand in your inventory. The last thing you want is for one unforeseen error or a sudden increase in sales to bring production to a standstill.
- Reduce the frequency of shipping: Once you have actually stamped and completed your parts, you can also save money in your shipping. Consumers, for example, can save quite a bit of money by increasing order sizes rather than placing a second order later down the road. This cuts down on shipping costs while allowing them to build their inventory up.
These are just a few of the best strategies to help you save money on metal stamping in Phoenix, AZ. For more information about the metal stamping process and about our services, we encourage you to reach out to us today at Metal Pro Inc. Our experienced team is happy to answer any questions you have and provide you with additional information about the numerous manufacturing services we provide to customers from throughout the Phoenix area and far beyond.