How to reduce tooling costs with advanced manufacturing
Tooling, or machine tooling, refers to the practice of providing a factory with the necessary equipment and tools for a particular process. It’s the umbrella that catches the raindrops of cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, dies, molds, and patterns. Each process is reliant on a specific set of tools that are rarely interchangeable and often expensive to reproduce. Any change in tooling has a direct impact on the production’s quantity, quality, and pricing, further impacting a business’ bottom line.
Each tool on the production line can cost up to hundreds of dollars to replace, and often spare tool inventory is kept slim to manage towards profit.
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