Quick Turnaround – Understanding Scope + Market Segments + Customer Profile for Laser Cutting

Quick Turnaround
Some of the common themes for or the root cause for something taking longer than it should is we haven’t done a good job of pulling the right information from the customer. To understand the full scope, not only just the manufacture but when are the components needed, what are really the requirements for manufacturing the part. I […]

Quoting – Estimating Project Cost by Understanding, Anticipating, and Meeting Customer Needs

Quoting
This blog features a video about estimating project costs by understanding, anticipating, and meeting customer needs and expectations.  Various factors are discussed such as: scope of project, cycle time calculation and analysis, technical specifications, material requirements, and the surface finish process.

All of theses variables can be addressed by keeping an open dialogue with your customer during the estimation process. […]

Minor Design Changes – For Laser Cutting Steel & Other Metals + Welding & Brake Press Bending

Minor Design Changes
I think some of the minor design changes we can do is, like we said, if you watch your tolerances, if you have a bend degree on your print and you are trying to hold it to plus or minus a quarter of a degree.  You have got to really check every part, more time consuming, you might […]

Refining Customer Designs : For Laser Cutting Steel & Other Metals + Welding & Brake Press Bending

Refining Customer Designs
Refinements
A lot of the refinements that we will make is when a customer drills a part out and say the part needs to be bent.  If it is a thicker part, they might on the one end of the bend if it is too short you won’t be able to bend it because there is not enough material […]

Trumpf Laser Cutting -Trumpf 3030 -Trumpf 2530 -Trumpf 1030 Fiber laser

Trumpf Laser Cutting
Trumpf is a global company that makes hand tools as well big pieces of equipment like PCI has. There are OEM4 Lasers and for most of our press breaks, they also get into various other robotic welding type cells and things of that nature but all of which doesn’t really apply to PCI.
Trumpf 3030
The Trumpf machine that […]

Laser Cutting + Metal Bending and Welding File Preparation

Laser Cutting
Preferred File Formats
The preferred formats that we like to have from customers would be anything of a CAD base, whether it be a DXF file, DWG file, IGES files, even 3D models in Solid Works or Inventor files.  IPT files we can use, we can even do STEP files which is more of a universal file for a […]

Laser Cutting – Metal, Steel, Titanium, Thicknesses and Tolerances With a Laser Cutter

Laser Cutting – Metal, Steel, Titanium
Process of Cutting Metal
The process of cutting metal at PCI goes pretty simply actually for somebody who has never seen it done before, but you end up just taking a standard material which for us it’s very stiff types of metal, put it onto a C&C controlled machine which is our lasers, that machine […]

How Laser Cutting Works – Materials – Speed – CO2 and Fiber Optic Laser Cutters

How Laser Cutting Works
Laser Cutting
Just laser cutting is having gas, mixtures of gases excited enough electronically, that emits a light beam that basically just cuts the material, it evaporates the material. To the best of my abilities laser cutting is generated by a power supply that creates a laser beam which is, basically like Neil said, light mixed with […]

Manufacturing Optimization for Quick Response Laser Cutting, Bending and Welding

Manufacturing Optimization
 
Production Process
A couple of things that can get the product to the customer quickly would be a couple of things. One would be a first article inspection verses a first piece check if you will. A first article will require a full blown process check on every critical dimension that there is on the part. So it would […]

Laser Cutting and Manufacturing Preparation Best Practice

Laser Cutting and Manufacturing
Customer Options
There are a couple of different options a customer can bring in. They can bring a hard print that is basically the drawing of a part that they want for us to produce verses a DXF file. Which is an electronic drawing that we can use within our processes to unfold or make a flat […]