Velocity's Design Process
Honed to perfection with over 60 years of design and project management experience, we use the same general process for every project. It's our way of making sure all the important details are shared with the end customer, the die builder, and us, the die designers.
Here's a simplified outline of the process:
Step 1 -- You reach out to us via email or phone and we have a general discussion about your project, timing requirements, Velocity’s capacity and decide if there’s a fit or not.
Step 2 -- Assuming we’re in agreement that your project fits our capabilities and we can meet your required timeline, we’ll dive into details of how the strip layout will look. For more details about this, check out our page about die design. Getting these details correct is of utmost importance, as they’re essentially the foundation of the project.
Step 3 -- Now we’re going to look at press assignment in addition to any other design standards not discussed in step one for both the die shop and the end customer.
Step 4 -- In this step, we’ll have completed the preliminary die design. At this point, we’ll review the design via webshare before bolting of die components. Once revisions and adjustments have been made between Velocity Design Services and the die builder, the same review takes place between the die builder and the end customer to ensure the design is ‘bought-off’. Velocity can drive both meetings if needed.
Special note -- We’ll also provide exploded views of the critical stages of the die timing. This is important as the customer will be able to understand in great detail the timing of the die. The exploded views do not translate into the STEP files, but are still presented due to the importance and intricacy of the features.
Step 5 -- The final adjustments and all bolting and fastening is complete. The design work at this point is complete. If required, we’ll have another design review via webshare again with the die builder and their customer. Otherwise, we start the detailing process.
Step 6 -- After the design has been completed, the process of detailing components begins based upon the agreed-upon deliverables discussed during project kickoff. Some customers only require plan and section views along with a bill of material, some customers only require drawings of perishable items, and some customers require everything detailed. We can do whatever is required, but it’s important to discuss those requirements at the very beginning of the project.
Step 7 -- Delivery of required documentation. Typically, it includes delivery of the 2D drawings, 3D STEP files of the assembled tool, and a BOM spreadsheet. This is when the invoice is sent with net 30 terms.