Anyone using SolidWorks Costing to generate automatic quotes?

We are manufacturing sheetmetal parts for another company that is held by the same owner as ours and we are looking to automate our pricing method. We currently only base our price on square feets but we find this method is not accurate.

We are in the construction industry and only for one project we can produce 20000+ parts of witch 6000 are different models. 60% of what we produce is simple sheetmetal with holes and a couple of bends. 40% is complex multi-bodies sheetmetal that are welded or bolted together.

Anyone using Costing? what are the limitations?

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SolidWorks Costing Tool takes into account the geometry and method of manufacture, not its design. The tool shown in Costing operations manager CostingManager operations differ from SolidWorks. Costing operations arise from the diagnosis operation costing Costing tools. For example, a hole through the sheet metal was created in the Wizard is recognized by the tool as a Costing Sheet Metal cutting path. Cutting is done with a laser, water jet or plasma. Excision of the drawing or the hole created in SolidWorks Hole Wizard is recognized by the tool Machining Costing as a drilled hole. Sometimes a whole group of features in SolidWorks is recognized as one operation in the field of technology with the use of costing Costing applications. For example, the outer edges of the parts may be composed of curves and straight edges. The Costing tool is recognized as one of the cutting path. Costing tool provides templates that allow you to link with the costs of technological operations.
These templates contain information about the costs of material, processing and labor. After recognition of technological operations Costing tool puts each of them in the appropriate category (eg, cutting paths, bends, holes and milling), and then enter the appropriate information from the template to perform the calculation of the cost of individual technological operations. Then created a table of all operations and is displayed in the final unit cost.

It may happen that the tools necessary to produce a specific part or the thickness of the material for its production will not be available in the template. In such cases, costing tool tries to make an estimation tool for the closest or most similar thickness as defined in the template, and the cost CostingManager or manager in the task pane will show a warning.
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Costing Tool is divided into two functional areas:
Costing Sheet Metal
Costing Sheet Metal Tool is used to work with parts manufactured from sheet metal.
This tool supports:
• sheet metal cutting operations (laser cutting, water jet or plasma)
• The operations of the library (cutting or forming operations)
• bends
• Operations adjusted (painting, anodization or thermal treatment)
• machine operations and operations for the preparation process (eg the cost of preparing the press brake)
To use the tool, a part must include sheet metal, such as deflection, bending and forming tools. Operations such as holes and notches are recognized as the cutting path for the operation of laser cutting, water jet or plasma.
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Costing Machining:
Machining Costing Tool is used to work with parts machined from a solid block of material and the standard plate. Parts machined using the machining process of
production or in all production processes. Calculation of costs relates to machining parts, which are at the beginning of a block or sheet of material (eg metal) and as a result of milling, drilling and cutting (water jet or plasma) reach the final shape.
Parts formed from the blocks using technologies such as milling or drilling. This tool supports the parts where the initial element is a block of material and which performs the following operations:
• milling operations (facing, milling cutter flat or spherical, and chamfering)
• drilling operations (drilling blind holes and through-, reaming and tapping)
• The operations of the library
• Operations adjusted (painting, anodization or thermal treatment)
• machine operations and operations for the preparation process (eg the cost of preparing milling machines)
Parts made of boards, which use not only milling and drilling operations, but also laser cutting, water jet or plasma. This tool supports the parts where the initial element is the plate material and for which it performs the following operations:
• milling operations (facing, milling cutter flat or spherical, and chamfering)
• drilling operations (drilling blind holes and through-, reaming and tapping)
• The operations of the library
• Operations adjusted (painting, anodization or thermal treatment)
• machine operations and operations for the preparation process (eg the cost of preparing milling machines)
• cutting operations (operations of laser cutting, water jet or plasma)

Costing currently does not support SolidWorks parts produced by turning, milling in three dimensions or injection molding. They are also supported multibody parts.

 
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Do you have a template? We also work in sheet metal field. So you can email me the template to yourmechbala@gmail.com

 
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