Determining optimal shop size for CNC fabrication equipment is a complicated issue that requires careful thought. While it is easy to measure equipment, shop size is more about production goals than it is about machinery footprints. Depending on your business, your contacts and your cash flow, the size of shop that works best will differ.
Part One: Managing Shop Space the Smart Way
Plan for Potential: For new companies it can be quite tempting to secure the smallest shop possible (3,000-5,000 ft2) as a means of saving money on rent. While the FROG3D® system does have a fairly compact footprint and easily fits within a shop of this size, its production capabilities do not. That is to say, you will very quickly run out of the floor space needed to work on multiple large projects at the same time. Small shops mean small potentials. Not only does the lack of floor space severely limit the amount of business that you can take in, it also can necessitate a move to larger shop much earlier than you might have foreseen. Moving shop is a major expense and can be crippling to a new business. Therefore, while it might seem that choosing a small shop is a smart choice financially, in actual fact a small shop is rarely the best choice because if your business is a success you will quickly outgrow your space. Read the rest of this article here.