If you haven't worked with Brydenscot before, or you're new to the metal fabrication world, you just might have some questions about how all this works, or how we do things here. Here's a quick overview, but give us a call if you have a particular situation that goes beyond this brief explanation.
The big idea
It all starts with an idea, a plan, or solution to problem. It could have all started during a brainstorm at lunch (hence, the drawing on the napkin), or has evolved over time into a full-fledged CAD drawing or even a prototype. Sure, we'd love to start with a that CAD file, but we'll meet you at the napkin-phase if that's what it takes.
As we said above, this can come from you, right off AutoCad, or whatever software you use. If it's indeed a napkin, there will be an engineering phase that will get that sketch into a form that makes sence to our CNC machines. Of course, that will take extra time and a few more dollars, but it's part of making the dream come alive.
Once we all agree on an approved drawing, we need to know about metals, tolerances, quantity, finishing—all those details that you don't want to think about—but we have to. These are all key factors in formulating the cost of your particular project.
At this point your job goes into our system for machine assignments, scheduling, and materials purchasing.
As mentioned, the machines in our shop are really precision tools with a computer attached. So after the job packet is processed, our team enters a program for the machines that will be used in manufacturing your parts.
It costs more, but some of our customers like to see at least one finished piece before we crank up the assembly line and make a 1000 of them. This is ideal to test the design and can catch any issues before going into production.
Now for the exciting part. Materials arrive at our facility, shears start shearing, saws start chopping. Then onto the lasers for cutting or the turret for punching, and then the brakes for forming before heading to fabrication (light up the torches) or over to assembly.
We love the look of bare metal, but most projects will need deburring, painting, powder coating, or some other finishing touch.
The big day, your ideas realized, your dreams come alive, arrives shrink-wrapped on your dock, or at your customers. This is where you take the reigns and crank up the sales machine. Hopefully we've given you something you can be proud and excited to sell. And something that makes life better for the person that finally gets to put it to good use.