There are many factors that you need to consider when you need to manufacture a part that is custom. Primarily, the budget you have and the timeline may narrow the number of options you have. In today’s world, your possible supplier may be located on the other side of the globe. There are certain advantages of using a shop that is local to you, such as increased flexibility and ease of communication, but the cost of using such shop may force you to look somewhere else.
- Manufacturing made up nearly 67% of e-commerce shipments according to a 2018 e-commerce report that was done by the Census Bureau.
- Online ordering is great for custom machined parts because it can save you money and typically will involve greater shipping speeds. There are also many different services to use.
- You can also work with a toll manufacturer in order to give you more control over the manufacturing process but that will also mean more responsibility such as providing the materials and equipment.
“Working with a local job shop provides you with the most flexibility and visibility.”