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How to Choose a Job Shop for Your Manufacturing Project

Posted on Jun 02, 2020 by 3Diligent

Job shops, often called machine shops, are a prevalent industry in the U.S. According to Manta, there are more than 29,485 job shops in the U.S. With so many available, finding the shop most qualified to produce your rapid-manufactured component is not an easy task. Not only must they have the capability to produce your component, but they must also provide the best possible process, equipment, and material. So how do you choose a job shop?

What is a Job Shop?

Job shops are in the business of producing specific products to a single customer’s specifications, typically these are small quantities. The products are bespoke—custom-built—and unlike traditional manufacturing, job shops only produce products when an order is received. Each production run requires a specific set up to meet the design requirements of the component. It is a business model based upon the production of customized, small-production runs rather than volume and standardized designs.

A job shop must be flexible and able to quickly and efficiently switch from one manufacturing system or sequence to another. Many job shops choose multi-purpose or general-purpose machines because they are suitable for many types of operations with a small footprint.

How to Choose a Job Shop

With nearly 30,000 machine shops in America, vetting each one for suitability would be a monumental task. With 3Diligent ProdEX, a cloud-based, digital-manufacturing service, you have access to instantaneous quotes for custom parts on-demand. ProdEX connects job shops around the globe with thousands of material and technology options to meet even the most specific rapid-manufacturing need in a wide variety of industries.

The 3Diligent ProdEX search tool includes a filtering system that enables you to quickly and easily drill down to only those machine shops able to produce your component using the type of process and material you require.

We dynamically identify the best production centers for the job based upon these specifications to ensure you get optimal material, machine, finish, confidentiality requirements, or inspection and quality certification services you demand.

3Diligent ProdEX is your sourcing solution for Industry 4.0. It’s a digital-manufacturing service representing the world’s most cutting-edge rapid-manufacturing technologies for the on-demand manufacturing for prototypes, replacement parts, bridge production, and mass production runs.

The Best Price for Your Rapid Manufacturing

3Diligent provides tremendous value for premium service. There is no cost to submit an RFQ or to receive quotes for the completion of your project or program. We emphasize the highest levels of quality and service and customers commonly report significant savings versus their incumbent suppliers.

Providing 3D printing service, machining service, CNC machining, casting service, cutting service, forming service, injection molding service, punching service, and inspection service, your search for a rapid-manufacturing shop has never been easier. Using the ProdEX online application, create an account, submit an RFQ, choose your specifications, and the software solution will provide a list of fit machine shops and pricing from which you can select. You can select the machine shop base upon the best price, best delivery time, best process, or any criteria you choose.

For some processes, such as 3D printing, upload your CAD drawing, and choose a material and technology to receive quotes matching your exact requirements. If you are unsure about the best material or process, 3Diligent’s team of experts will help you determine optimum solutions.

In addition to dozens of manufacturing processes, 3Diligent ProdEX represents thousands of material types. Using the propriety material search and equipment search tools, finding the best material for the best machine is as easy as a simple web search.

Ordering your manufactured components is as easy as accepting the quote.

High-Quality Rapid Manufacturing

ProdEX is built on the notion of quality over everything.  Many shops carry formal quality certifications such as ISO 9001, AS 9100, or ISO 13485.  With 3Diligent’s ProdEX Connect offering, you can define supplier parameters to ensure they have the particular certifications or inspection procedures you need as well.

Machine Shops Near Me

The evolution from prototyping to production is different for every project, which means different machines, materials, and investments for each stage of the process. No single provider can produce every possible component, especially in the rapidly evolving space of digital manufacturing, and that’s where you will benefit most from ProdEX. The application uses the power of cloud computing to leverage a global network of qualified manufacturers to complete custom manufacturing projects on demand.

Plus, using the new ProdEX Connect service, you can video chat with suppliers in the ProdEX supplier network.  So you no longer need to work with a machine shop down the street to feel like they are down the street.  The online application enables you to search machine shops narrowed to just your country, or around the globe in the countries you choose with a few keystrokes.

Get the product you expect in the material you need. Whatever your project requirements, 3Diligent’s got you covered.

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