How long will the manufacturing of the tool take?

Its a pretty hard question to answer as it depends on a few factors which are size, manufacturing process and amount of detail to be added to the part.Usually if someone ask me this question I would answer from 8 to 12 weeks. 12 weeks for large jobs and in some cases smaller jobs could be 4 weeks.

The time consists of purchasing large billets (blocks) of material which could take a week, programming a CNC machine to machine the billet which combined could take 2 weeks. The rest time would be testing and machining to get your parts correct.

Most manufacturing companies are happy to extra labour on your tooling stage to get the tools done quicker.

Once you have been sent the “first offs” which are the first parts off the tool and you approve them then the dies will need to be signed off as complete.

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