Design for Manufacturability and Assembly (DFMA) at Estes Design and Manufacturing

Tips for Design for Manufacturability and Assembly – Sheet Metal

This article, originally published in 2020, has been updated with the latest information. Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) – an engineering methodology that reduces time-to-market and total production costs by prioritizing ease of manufacturing and efficiency in assembly – is an essential component of any lean manufacturing strategy. When designing for sheet metal fabrication,…

Industries Served by Estes Design and Manufacturing

People often ask, what exactly does Estes Design and Manufacturing make? Our elevator pitch to this question is usually, “Whatever you want us to make.” While our capabilities aren’t endless, our suite of services includes traditional metal fabrication, 3D laser welding, product development and prototyping, as well as inventory management and cost reduction services. In…

Why 3D Printing Can’t Replace Traditional Metal Fabrication for Prototyping

3D printing is becoming increasingly popular and uses a process called additive manufacturing, which “uses data computer-aided-design (CAD) software or 3D object scanners to direct hardware to deposit material, layer upon layer, in precise geometric shapes,” (GE.com). This is in contrast with traditional sheet metal fabrication, which uses machining, laser cutting, punching, and other processes…