So the big question is always, do you keep your manufacturing in-house or do you outsource the work?
I’m a huge fan of outsourcing. It really comes down to cost and time.
But there are other important considerations to ponder. Outsourcing can save you money, but it can be time consuming and can end up costing a lot more than you think in terms of time as well as effort to get exactly what you want.
I really liked my experience outsourcing cnc work to China. At the time I was in NZ and it was much cheaper ato get stuff cnc’d in China than it was in New Zealand.
In saying that though, I went through a friend who recommended a site to me, so finding the right freelancer or cnc company was easy. This is always most of the battle.
Always remember that it may be cheaper to outsource, it may not be the easiest options. Outsourcing involves finding both the right freelancer or cnc company and being able to delegate your task effectively.
My verdict is to outsource, while for the inexperienced on a tight deadline, then taking it in house may be the way to go.