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What is low volume manufacturing?

Low-Volume Manufacturing or Pre-Mass Production is a fast manufacturing technique for low quantity production before the actual serial production begins. Which is a perfect choice for low quantity (100 to 1,000 units) production. This is an increasingly popular option for many product categories, allowing for a more limited investment in tooling and materials while providing quick access to markets, rapid response to shorter product life cycles and as a bridge between initial prototypes and high-volume production.

At Wintech Rapid, we can provide you with hundreds of thousands of parts by our low-volume manufacturing service. Once you are ready to start your new project, please feel free to contact with us for a free quote.

Advantages of Low-Volume Manufacturing:

  • Low-Volume Manufacturing can save time and money.
  • It is a bridge between a few prototypes and full-scale production
  • Experience projects on a physical level very early.
  • Communicate projects effectively to shorter product life cycles
  • Minimized first investments for one-time production.
  • Marketing can start before mass production.
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Low-volume manufacturing saves you money

Most people think it’s obvious that manufacturing costs per unit will go down as volumes go up. So if you want to make cheap parts, you should make more of them, right? Not necessarily. If you’re going to mass-produce parts – especially for pressure die casting or injection molding – then you must make a larger investment in more expensive tool steel, which in turn needs to be hardened and heat-treated more carefully to withstand the rigors of large-scale production.

With this in mind, low volume manufacturing up to 100K pcs may be a great way for you to avoid a large investment while still producing high-quality parts. If the tool steel doesn’t need to be so durable then it will be more economical for you to purchase and faster for us to heat treat and machine. And, if your tool wears out during production and you need to have another one made, we do that at no extra charge!

By comparison, when a factory is set up for large-scale production it carries a massive inventory of raw materials and equipment. To cover their investment, they usually ask you to place a large minimum order quantity. But a specialist in low-volume manufacturing doesn’t carry the same amount of overhead so we can process orders faster and more economically without demanding any minimum order.

At Wintech Rapid, we will be there to help you along every step of the way, from the initial product design review and quotation to quality inspection of your newly manufactured parts. In addition to specializing in prototyping and mass production, we are also a specialist when it comes to low-volume manufacturing. Contact our expert team today to get a free project review and initial quotation. If you need a prototype to verify your design first, please review our rapid prototyping services.

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