It’s virtually impossible for manufacturers to accurately quote production before building a prototype.
In fact, when machine shops delay quoting production volumes until after a prototype has been made, customers typically get the benefits of faster lead times and lower costs.
THE DISADVANTAGES OF QUOTING PROTOTYPE AND PRODUCTION SIMULTANEOUSLY
The bottom line is that it’s already challenging for manufacturers to estimate the cost of a part that they haven’t made before—and almost impossible to tell how the price will vary if we’re making 1,000 of that same part. When we quote a prototype part for the first time, we’re inevitably making educated assumptions about setup time, run time, inspection time, outside processing, and other factors that impact…