MANUFACTURING TIPS

Consider “Clinching” as opposed to Spot Welding, Riveting and Adhesives.  Clinching is a non-heat, non-pierce operation. Joints are watertight, dissimilar metals can be joined and clinching can be done on pre-painted parts.

 

When designing a part with threaded holes attempt to make other non-critical holes use the same size as the tap drill.

 
When designing a part for laser or waterjet cutting minimize “Pierces”. A pierce is where the cutting beam/jet must drill through the material. Each pieces take the same amount of time as cutting a several cm of length. In addition piercing material can damage the surface finish or affect the mechanical properties.