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You hear it all the time from fabricators: engineers have a habit of designing for ideals without taking the required processes into account. In these scenarios, not only does the engineer risk limiting the number of fabricators who will take the job due to its complexity, but they also miss out on the opportunity to use a fabricator’s wisdom to optimize a part. Understanding that most fabricators have a wealth of knowledge at their disposal can help engineers simplify the part, reduce costs, and result in better quality.
While there are some situations where a complex design is necessary, keeping the fabrication of the part in mind during the initial design stages will prevent the possible need for redesign. Below find three tips on ensuring that a partnership with fabricators is successful: