July 12, 2013
Lead-times for CNC preparation, tooling, and fixtures need to be included in the total lead-time quoted to the customer. How exactly? Gerald Davis dives into the details.
June 28, 2013
In this sixth installment of columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating he reviews inventory management as it relates to the estimator’s prediction of expenses.
April 24, 2013
In this fifth installment of columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating, he describes the use of time standards that are based on shop experience to guide the estimator’s prediction of expenses.
April 19, 2013
In this fourth installment of Columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating, he describes the use of planning outlines—which resemble work orders—to structure the estimator’s report of production expenses.
January 10, 2013
Columnist Gerald Davis begins a series of columns that address one of the most important activities related to shop profitability: job estimating. In this first installment, he describes how an estimator needs to understand what processes are needed to quote accurately, as well as to determine which jobs align with the shop's mission and capabilities.
November 9, 2012
Columnist Gerald Davis discusses when formality should enter a CAD operator's workflow and offers up an example of how a simple CAD task might go.
October 19, 2012
Columnist Gerald Davis is ready to rip into the process of converting imported 3-D parts to flattened parts.
June 26, 2012
Columnist Gerald Davis provides a guide to connecting dimensions and custom properties to equations, which will make part design changes much easier to deal with down the road.
June 13, 2012
Columnist Gerald Davis focuses on creating better illustrations and models to make life easier for parties involved in downstream operations.
May 3, 2012
Columnist Gerald Davis has populated the bills of material with data and now focuses on the model that will accompany the BOM to the manufacturing floor.
April 16, 2012
Columnist Gerald Davis takes a look at the appropriate way to construct a bill of materials as he continues his cutting table project.