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The Problem with Underbidding

Feb 4, 2016 1:12:56 PM

David Derocher

We get it.

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5 Things You Thought You Knew About CAD

Jan 28, 2016 11:47:19 AM

David Derocher

CAD can sometimes be surprising.

If you work with it day in and day out, you might think you know it backwards and forwards. But it’s a remarkable, almost miraculous tool we have access to. If you stop and remember for a moment what sheet metal fabrication and duct manufacture, for example, was like way back in 1947, when the metal shop that led to EastCoast CAD/CAM was founded, it’s a stark difference. It was all manual, much slower, and more prone to mistakes. A sheet metal shop from 1947 would be entirely unrecognizable today.

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Does Metal Shop Automation Cost Jobs?

Jan 8, 2016 10:04:41 AM

David Derocher

Since the days of the steam engine, machine labor has been viewed with suspicion. People are always afraid that they’re going to be pushed out, and nobody wants to lose their job to a glorified toaster. But in our increasingly-globalized world, ease of international commerce and websites like Alibaba have made it easy to outsource to cheaper overseas vendors. As a result, labor costs have to come down – and getting your team on board is a huge factor in successfully implementing automation in your metal shop. Because pretty much everyone is going to have objections to automation.

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