May 10, 2016 at 01:51 o\clock

How Custom Machines are Shaping America

Custom Machinery

Technology strives ever further forward every day, with every week seeming to bring about some new invention the likes of which humanity has never seen before. Some of these inventions take root in the modern world better than others; while smartphones and their three million functions - medical devices - have become a part of our daily lives, many brilliant innovations of a decade ago have since been forgotten, all hype aside. Producing these devices is the center of many global industries that always has room for innovation. However, large or small it may seem to be at first; small shifts to the process may make a huge impact while massive changes in the production of technology may ultimately be too expensive or inefficient to become a standard design difference.

With this in mind, many machinists, engineers and sometimes just ordinary people regularly lay down designs for new, sometimes radical, devices of their own, ranging from the only slightly different from the existing designs to the completely off the wall. Designing machines for specialized purposes is a massive industry, yet each new invention demands a prototype to be built before even the slightest commercial applications of the device can be initiated.

While many inventors can fashion a crude prototype to test their ideas, the actual prototypes that prove a design is genuinely viable both technically and commercially can be very difficult for even skilled engineers to produce. Luckily, help is available. Custom machines are capable of being built to nearly any technically possible specifications from custom machine shops.

Custom devices usually begin with a concept and schematics. The machine shop then takes the concept and schematics and, whether a prototype exists or not, and uses their engineers' knowledge of technology and machine fabrication plants to transform a design into an actual machine. Many machine shops, eager to - medical - get in on the next big thing, are also more than willing to partner with inventors to work towards making a design more efficient, less riddled with bugs, hazards and other problems. Testing a new invention to make sure that it does everything it's supposed to without any dangerous side effects and help inventors prove - engineers - their device's feasibility to investors, a notoriously skittish lot.

While all these inventions must be custom made with the custom machine shop working with the designer every step of the way, this is perhaps the best - machinery - way to transform a stray idea and a few schematics into a viable commercial product ready for sale. Many custom machine shops can also take a client's desire for a machine that does a single task and then hires a shop to design and manufacture the device for them. While this is not quite the involved task that coming up with an invention is, getting the right custom machine in this way can be a struggle in and of itself. The design phase will cost the client more money, but for businesses that need a specific type of device and do not have an - medical - engineering staff, this can be the best option available.

By and large, custom machine shops and the engineers working within them focus heavily on industrial machinery and manufacturing, with a particular focus on specialized manufacturing tools and automated assembly machines. Some machine shops, however, make custom machines specifically for research and testing, though these devices can, very quickly, become a more complex matter than something as simple as a new type of plastic injection or plasma cutting machine. Still, with the industrial machine market always hungry for the next big thing and a world full of brilliant minds, sometimes getting the first prototype right can make all the difference in the world.

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