Tooling cost what does it cover?
- Manufacturing Tools
- Progressive tool
- Stage Tooling (tooling station to perform a single operation)
- Tool maintenance for the product lifetime. (included in our price as long as the tool remains at our facility)
- Secondary operations (only if specified)
- Custom part holding devices if needed (trays fixtures)
- In process inspection equipment (only if specified)
- Measuring Fixtures Gages (only if specified)
Tooling Cost Drivers
- Component complexity
- How Many Features
- Draws & depth of draws
- Half shears
- Corner radii
- Bend radii
- Component feature size (the size of a feature in relation to the material thickness)
- Material thickness
- Drives clearances between punch and die
- Thinner material requires tighter clearance.
- Tolerance of the component features (smaller margins increase cost)
- Fragile components may need special handling tools.
- Component quantity
- ROI of tooling is better with high quantity of components
- Lower quantity runs may not justify a progressive tool, this is when we may introduce stage tooling
- Secondary operations
- Spot welding
- Hardware insertion
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