Breaking Down the Costs of Prototyping

Prototypes to production manufacturing

Breaking Down the Costs of Prototyping

Prototypes to production manufacturing is one of the services delivered by an ISO 9001/AS 9100 certified machine shop. Developing a prototype that is able to serve its intended purpose and is also cost-effective to manufacture is key. Our next series of articles will explore some of the considerations we take when developing prototypes in an effort to ensure production is not cost-prohibitive, including 5-axis machining.

Material Selection

When it comes to CNC prototyping, choice of material plays a crucial role in determining the overall cost. Some materials are more expensive than others, and availability also affects prices. For instance, high-performance alloys might be pricier compared to more common materials. Additionally, exotic materials may have higher machining costs due to their unique properties. It’s essential to consider both the functional requirements of the prototype and the associated material costs.

Design Complexity and 5-Axis Machining

The complexity of the prototype design can significantly impact production costs. Intricate designs with multiple curves require more precision CNC machining and many times 5-axis machining, which can increase the overall expense, but adds value to the customer’s offering. Complex designs may also necessitate advanced tooling requirements, further adding to the costs. However, complexity in design can bring better functionality or aesthetics to your offerings to customers. Balancing complexity with cost-effectiveness is the key. The addition of 5-axis machining to the variety of our machining capabilities, makes JW Machine a strong choice for your precision CNC machining service requirements and vendor options.

Our next article will cover more costs involved with the prototypes to production manufacturing process.

JW Machine delivers high quality prototypes to production manufacturing  and contract manufacturing projects for esteemed clients in numerous industries including defense, aerospace, and OEM parts manufacturing. Our vast array of precision CNC machining capabilities include 5-axis machining,  CNC milling, CNC turning with live tooling,  laser cutting, laser engraving, small part machining, close tolerance machining, and more. We welcome the opportunity to work with you on your next project. Give JW Machine a call to learn more today.