Just a few months ago, Gander Mountain filed for bankruptcy—shutting down some of the largest firearms superstores in the country and proving that practically no industry is safe from what commentators are calling the “Retail Apocalypse.”
Whether you’re designing silencers for muzzle-loading guns or the most efficient AR-15 lower receiver, keep these three ideas in mind to ensure the most profitable approach to firearms manufacturing and design.
1. Design Specifically for the Additive Manufacturing Process
As a designer, you need to have a particular metal additive manufacturing (AM) process in mind when creating your CAD model.
When it comes to low-volume manufacturing of metal parts, 3D metal printing is proving to be a paradigm shifting technology. Without a doubt, metal additive manufacturing will be the single largest boom for low/medium-volume manufacturing the world has ever seen.
There is a lot of buzz around the technology, and rightfully so. However, it has limitations that need to be well-understood by engineers. It's important to have a deep understanding of the process before designing for it. The purpose of this article is to offer a few tips and tricks that can help engineers just starting out on this journey.