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Sheet metal fabrication, metal finishing, cutting, etc. all require the use of complex software tools like CAD and CAM. While each individual type of manufacturing is different and carries inherent unique challenges, many of the workflow challenges can be very similar.
RFQs and customer questions are typically issued by phone, email, or website upload and are accompanied by 3D CAD models (and other files and documents, typically). Unfortunately, these models are not easily viewable without a CAD platform license or translator add-ons to CAM platforms, but these licenses/add-ons are expensive, and most manufacturers don’t need heavy CAD functionality. Sales, business development, program management, and front-office staff don’t need a full CAD platform even if your company does some heavy design work, but they do need to view, translate, measure, and manipulate solid models in order to prepare a quote, and answer customer questions. That typically means they need assistance from others in the facility to do their job properly.
Additionally, quoting is typically based on “tribal knowledge” which usually resides in the heads of a select few experienced people within the company. On many quotes, programming of the 3D solid model needs to be roughed out to estimate programming time, raw material needs, manufacturing time and steps, etc. This can be an extremely time-consuming process.
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