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When do you think about custom workholding? If you’re like most manufacturers, it’s fairly late in your development process. In some cases, that’s a smart move. Other times, that decision can cost you significant time and budget.
In the world of precision engineering and completely unique workholding solutions, there’s rarely one straightforward best practice. Over the years, however, we’ve observed what types of processes work efficiently and effectively, and we’re up front about the pros and cons associated with each approach.
It may sound unusual, but often the best time to begin developing custom workholding is during the product prototype phase. As you design and test your part, our engineers can help you spot potential issues and suggest creative ways to improve your process from the start.
You can also bring our team in to design custom workholding later in the process, even after you’ve already started production. This option is more of a retro-engineering approach, and it also has upsides and downsides.
At Stace-Allen, we base our recommendations around your unique situation. The fact is, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to a custom workholding project, and our team has the capacity and expertise to step in at any point along the way.
Our commitment to your success includes flexibility to do whatever works best for your business, your budget, and your timeframe. Whether that’s bringing us in at the earliest prototyping or calling us when your former workholding solution doesn’t deliver the accuracy you need, we’re always happy to help.