|Costs and Concept Design
If you don't start with a good concept, your product fails...and that leads to loss market share, disatisfied customers, squandered resources, and wasted time. To be successful you need innovation in new products, and that required good concept design. Most critical decisions about the product are made during concept design. Affiliate with high-tech local machine shops and fully CNC equipped manufacturers, we are able to offer service from concept to manufacturing on time and within budget includes fabrication (rapid prototyping, sub-contract machining, milling & turning, sheet metal, tig, mig, and spot welding), finishing (powder coating, screen printing, plating/anodize), and assembly services (panels, enclosures/chassis, electro-mechanical kits) include basic hardware installation, component sub-assembly, and complete mechanical assembly from multi-layer BOMs...
Become a Computer Aid Design Expert
We offer one-on-one CAD training to help you with your project: subjects easy to learn in AutoCAd, SolidWorks, ProE, Enovia, and Surfcam to help you design product better, faster and cost-effectively. Topic includes: Reference Planes - 3D Sketch - Composite Curves - Projected Curves - Guide Curves - Lofted Surface - Ruled Surface - Radiate Surface - Core & Cavity - Sweep & Loft - Sheet Metal Forming - Weldments - Top Down Assembly - Bottom Up Assembly - Dynamic Blocks - External References - Extracting Data - Attributes and more.
Computer Numerical Control Programing
• MasterCam is the most widely used NC software package. Our attempt is to understand and share what we've learned about MasterCam from experienced partners and manufacturers. We are inviting you to join us on this site by assisting and adding to our online tips and tricks, as well as e-mailing us so we can achieve the art of DFM through the process of this great NC programing software.
MFG Techniques: CNC Machining
Machining processes that have traditionally been done on conventional machine tools that are possible with CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining centers include all kinds of milling (face milling, contour milling, slot milling, drilling, tapping, reaming, boring, counter boring, etc.). Most CNC machine types have two or more programmable directions of motion called axes. An axis of motion can be linear (along a straight line) or rotary (along a circular path). One of the first specifications that implies a CNC machine's complexity is how many axes it has. Common linear axis names are X, Y, and Z. Common rotary axis names are A, B, and C...read more
The Basic Tools to Do-It-Yourself
• Tools for Building Circuits — Multimeter - Pliers: Long-nose pliers, needle-nose pliers, slip-joint pliers. Tweezers: Blunt-nose tweezer, fine-point tweezer. Screwdrivers & Wrenches: Nutdrivers, standard screwdrivers, miniature screwdrivers, Allen wrenches, Crescent wrenches. Cutters & Knives: Miniature blunt-nose cutters, pointed-nosed cutters, heavy-duty diagonal cutters, scissors, ultility knife, nibbling tool., scratch awl kit. Terminal crimping tool - RJ-45 crimping tool - Modular-plug criping tool - Coaxial connector crimping tool - PCB vise - ESD straps - Tackle boxes - Solder kit - Solder vise - Soldering tip assortment - Desoldering vacuum tool - Wire-striping/wrapping/wrapping combination tool.
• Metalworking Basic Tools — Small bench-mount drill press - Electric drill - Center set punch - Machinist's vise - 1/16" to 1/2" drill bits set - Countersink bits - ANSI tap & drill set - 1/2" Hand reamer - 6" Machinist metal ruler - Measuring tape - 6" Caliper - Needle files set - Small ball peen hammer - Small rawhide mallet - Claw hammer - Tin snips - Hacksaw - Combination wrench sets - Socket wrench set - Allen wrench set - Screwdriver set - Adjustable wrench set - Medium vise grip - Metal files set - Deburring tools - Drilling/Tapping fluid - Dremel tool - Safety goggles.
• Specialty from the Surplus Store — Small gears - Cams - Levers - Hoses - Pumps - Rechargeable batteries - DC motors - Control cables - Wheel bearings - Chains - Break calipers - Wheels - Spockets - Brake linings - Bearings - Shafts - Bushings - Spacers - Angle brackets - Nuts & Bolts.