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 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.

When designing a part for high volume manufacturing add “machining locators”. These are added to castings/forging/extrusions or can be added to parts machined from billet in the first operation.  Through the machining processes they are used to “hold on” to the part. The can be cut off if needed in a final operation.