DFM, DFA, dfx. To the uninitiated, the world of product development is a barrage of specialized acronyms and baffling sentences. If you aren’t in the know, these concepts are a looming barrier that prevent you from innovating, and it can take years of study in the fields of engineering and machining to interpret and apply these principles. At Pioneer Cuts, we believe that you don’t need decades of experience to make a good product. To maintain our commitment to excellent customer service and high throughput, we’ve recently updated our website and our quote process to give our customers the cost and time saving benefits of on-demand manufacturing.
While our timely and user-centered services are still the same caliber that our customers rave about, we’ve made it even easier for you to share your projects with us. When you’ve decided that our personable and professional job shop is the right manufacturer for your idea, initiating a conversation is just as easy as going to our website. The quote submission form is easily accessible from every page of our site, and, when you’ve filled it out, you have the satisfaction of knowing that your product is in good hands. We make it easy for you to submit any supplemental files – ranging from two dimensional assets like images, .pdf or .dxf files to three dimensional models generated with one of many popular CAD programs. Regardless of your experience or the fidelity of the designs you’re able to provide, we work with you to make sure you get exactly what you need when you need it.
After you upload your files, you can provide additional information about your project. What materials do you need this part in? Are there any particular machining processes that you want to utilize? Would you like us to assemble your creation for you? What surface finish gives you the best possible prototype performance? We take all these factors into account when we’re creating your solutions.
Upon receipt of your quote submission, our team works hard to bring you the convenience of the household-name giants of on-demand manufacturing – like Shapeways or Xometry – with the personal touch of a passionate local shop. Due to Pioneer Cuts’ experience in fabrication, our shop includes a complementary Design Review Service with every job submission. We carefully review each part submitted to us based on Design for Manufacturing (DFM) guidelines, and we pinpoint and analyze every feature of your part to identify opportunities to reduce tooling costs and machine time. In our follow-up, we happily share these tips with you – as well as the savings the design changes create. Pioneer Cuts’ passes those savings directly onto you – and fast! We guarantee an initial pricing estimate in under six hours for every project. Additionally, if needed, we can work even closer with you to develop your design needs based on the specific usage context of your product.
One of our most popular requests is a Design for Assembly (DFA) review, where one of our team members can verify that your new part can fit cleanly and easily into an existing system without disrupting the assembly order of operations or requiring rework. The last thing that your team needs is to get a shipment of new parts that are physically challenging to use. The recommendations we make in our design reviews come from hours of learning best practices through years of experience in the realm of fabrication and assembly, and it is a privilege to share our experiences and insights with you, our valued customers.
So, while you should feel many things in trying to develop a product – ranging from excited to inspired, Pioneer Cuts believes that you should never feel confused. With our website revamp, we’ve made it even faster and easier to launch your next invention – with the reassurance that we’re here to have your back. We have raised the bar in on-demand manufacturing services with the thoughtful advice and customer service our existing clients have come to know and love. Our team at Pioneer Cuts can’t wait to hear from you!
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