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Estimating Shearing (Sheet Metal Cutting)

By Dave Ferguson
January 02, 2013
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January 02, 2013
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January 02, 2013
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January 02, 2013
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January 02, 2013
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January 02, 2013
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January 02, 2013
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January 02, 2013
, By Dave Ferguson
January 02, 2013
, By Dave Ferguson
January 02, 2013
, By Dave Ferguson
January 02, 2013

The basic definition of shearing is cutting metal into smaller pieces.  If we define shearing as cutting material then not only a shear can do this process but metal scissors, lasers, punch presses, etc can also do the same function.  The shearing...
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Engineering Costs

By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
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April 26, 2011
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April 26, 2011
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April 26, 2011
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April 26, 2011
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April 26, 2011
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April 26, 2011
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April 26, 2011
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April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011

Engineering costs for many years have basically been included in the standard burden rate of the shop.  There are many situations now in this world where manufacturing is very competitive and technical that the standard burden rate of the shop...
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Material In Cost Estimates Weight Calculation

By Dave Ferguson
March 29, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 29, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 29, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 29, 2011
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March 29, 2011
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March 29, 2011
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March 29, 2011
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March 29, 2011
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March 29, 2011
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March 29, 2011
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March 29, 2011
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March 29, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 29, 2011
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March 29, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 29, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 29, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 29, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 29, 2011

Material costs in job estimates can come in a variety of ways.   When you are estimating the cost to manufacture a product and the product is made out of either plate material, sheets, tubing, etc there are a few calculation methods that may be...
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Material Estimating

By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
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March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011

Material estimating can be simple to complex depending on the particular job you are estimating.   Raw material is a commodity which could include metal sheets, wood, bars, plastic, plates, block of metal, etc.  These items are purchased from a...
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Raw Material Sheets Cost Calculation

By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011

Raw material sheets include plates, sheets, plywood and any other commodity item which is x,y and thickness dimensional.  Raw material is usually purchased by weight and is a commodity.  I'm going to define commodities as items where their price...
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Indirect Material Costs

By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
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February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
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February 19, 2011
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February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
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February 19, 2011
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February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011

Indirect material costs are those that are not directly added into the product. There are many times where materials are required to manufacture a part but are not put directly into the product.  Examples of this may include oils, lubricants for...
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Material Cost

By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011

Material cost is a big subject and will be handled in multiple blog entries.  Material costs are costs that go directly into producing the desired product.  Material costs can be divided into both direct and indirect material costs.  We will focus...
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Manufacturing Costs

By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011

Manufacturing costs consist of multiple elements which arrive at the full cost.  When estimating a product to be manufactured the entire costs are distributed between the following elements.
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Direct and Indirect Costs

By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
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February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011

Fixed and variable costs can now be broken down into two more cost types: direct and indirect costs. These classify the costs of parts being manufactured and are critical to calculating shop overhead rates.  Direct costs are those costs that are...
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Fixed and Variable Costs

By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011

There are two main types of costs - fixed and variable.  If something is being manufactured, it consists of both fixed and variable costs.  Fixed costs are those that do not change based on a quantity.  This means the cost is fixed if you produce 1...
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