Weeks from now, you could be watching a team of experts in safety glasses carefully cutting and assembling your product, right here in Oakland, CA.
Branding agencies. Designers. Architects. DIY makers and artists. Entrepreneurs. Thanks to modern maker technologies like this CNC router, it’s never been easier to develop branded products. Often within weeks.
Bring HERO your product at any stage of development. From a back-of-napkin concept, to a CAD model. Our team of designers and production specialists will take it from there, collaborating with you to deliver it back as a prototype or a finished product.
Some of our clients need some help before they are ready to get an estimate for the CNC machine and materials. Do you?
You’ve got a CAD model and you’re ready to export your parts as either a .dxt or .stl file. Chances are your parts can be fully described by a 2D .dxf file with basic annotations. However, if your part has 3D contour curves, you should probably send us a 3D .stl file. You can’t go wrong by sending us both.
ANY TIPS FOR PREPARING FILES? YES! THANKS FOR ASKING:
How do you calculate the cost? When you send your project details, you’ll receive an estimate based on some of these factors:
Do I need to provide materials, or can you get them for me? If you already have materials, and we’ve approved them, you can arrange a time to drop them off at our studio in West Oakland. We can also order and procure them for you, for a fee.
Now we need to work out the details so you can receive a precision estimate on materials and cutting costs. There are a number of factors to consider for an accurate assessment. This option is for you if:
1. You want to get your parts production-ready. Is your product designed for manufacturability? A few recommendations from a specialist could save you thousands in time and materials fees. Let HERO help you turn your concept in something ready to build.
For example: A client’s drawing was 90% of the way there, but they needed me to advise them on how to finish it up and get it ready so it could be professionally cut. We got their designs in great shape, properly exported, and then provided a detailed estimate for additional design and production.
2. You want to know what’s possible with your constraints. Can it be done? If so, how? We’ll give you some possibilities you probably hadn’t considered.
For example: An entrepreneur wanted to think through feasibility and budgets for several custom products she planned to incorporate into a new business. We researched the options, and presented a handful of fantastic ideas she could use to help her produce the highest-priority items within her budget and timeframe.
3. You want to build a prototype. Or several. You want to explore a few different options for prototypes based on materials, aesthetics, and cost to produce.
For example: A client had a simple, clear idea for a product. We produced a simple drawing communicating the product’s key elements. The client used this drawing to produce and explore CAD drawings and prototypes.
4. You’re an agency looking for estimates and ideas to fit your constraints.
For example: A branding firm needed to recommend a custom product to their client. Not only did we give them estimates of the total project costs, from design to fabrication, but we also gave them a new perspective. They heard several ideas on ways to approach the product they didn’t know were possible. They were able to use this to successfully pitch their client.
TO GET STARTED: Request a 30-minute design consult, which will allow us to give you a precision pricing estimate for both materials and CNC cutting costs. Satisfaction guaranteed.