Originally Posted by MrBobb
Everything is cheaper to make in Asia. I was just pointing out, we're not talking about a complicated design here. Surely, we've been making machine stamps since the industrial revolution. They just need to make a few blank molds, and BAM! stamp-stamp away. (Been watching too much Discovery Channel's How It's Made
Problem is Discovery channel shows a simplified process on those shows. They make it look like it is easy but the complete tooling process can take up to 16 weeks to get prod. quality parts (depending on complexity of design) They really don't cover the set up process, tooling, etc.
I would guess the sides are milled and the back is stamped. Even the cheapest stamped chassis has some heavy tooling charges.
While not on the same project, both Chris and I have a lot of experience in working with chassis vendors. I have personally worked with 7-8 of the top chassis vendors out of Taiwan, China and the US. In most cases, the costs are pretty consistent from one vendor to the next on tooling charges.
Assuming volume quantities in the 10K+ per quarter, you can expect about 300K in tooling costs.