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In-house or outsourcing your metal micro welding needs?

Updated: Jan 12, 2023

Metal Micro Welding

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Here's what you need to know:

When you break it down, medical micro welding is micro. It's super small and very precise. To do this well takes time, expertise, equipment, and money – four things most businesses don’t have in abundance.

If you're like most companies - especially for medical device, you think doing it in house will save you time and costs. But precision micro welding is a niche skill and requires special equipment and trained staff. Additionally, experienced micro welders who do this type of work every day can help businesses avoid costly mistakes to keep projects productive and running smoothly in the long run.

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3 common mistakes made when deciding to micro weld in-house:

Increased costs, wasted resources, and missed project deadlines.

It's true that in-house laser welding can be a great way to save money on your project and get component machining done faster. But before you go through with this decision, there are key considerations we recommend to avoid making mistakes along the way. We'll discuss three common risks that companies face when going in-house so that your teams can make an informed choice.

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Mistake #1: You might be able to micro weld parts in-house, but you won't save money.

Can you afford to go over budget?

Adding precision micro welding projects to your company can be an expensive venture. Companies who microweld in house may be expecting to save money or cut costs rather than outsourcing micro welding, but they often find that costs skyrocket. They need to find dedicated space, purchase equipment, set up the machine, and hire the staff who will do the actual micro welding. This incremental expense and labor cost adds up to a lot more than they expected.

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Mistake #2: Avoid wasting precious time and company resources.

Complete your project quickly and efficiently.

If you decide to micro-weld in-house, it is a large investment that will not guarantee success. You will have fully committed resources in capital and labor that could be better utilized elsewhere. Many businesses are struggling to keep their operations running smoothly amidst acute labor and supply chain challenges. They are spending too many hours on multiple issues with fewer resources. Can you guarantee your boss that you have all the necessary materials, manpower, and expertise to complete the laser welding project on time and within budget?

Mistake #3: Get your micro welding projects done right the first time.

Don't let missed deadlines derail your project.

Micro welding is a job we recommend that you outsource rather than doing it yourself. Many companies attempt to do it themselves, especially to save money. They purchase a machine and invest their money and resources in developing internal micro welding processes. Their work ends up in our hands for rework because they try and fail. Not only have they doubled the cost of their work, but also have missed critical project deadlines. We understand that it's tough to accept slipped deliverables, especially if a prototype part is needed for regulatory approval or a final production piece for a new product launch.

In-house vs. outsourced laser micro welding.

We can help you determine what's best for your manufacturing project.

With this information, you can look at the manufacturing capabilities of your company and decide which approach is best for your laser welding project. We are happy to help you determine the best solution for your needs. Our team can create a plan that is right for your business, whether you are outsourcing or doing it yourself.

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