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j_omega:
Has anyone else noticed that the new automatic quoting system for JLCPCB CNC services has lead to a huge increase in prices? The most significant was my most recent quote. The same part which was manually quoted for $219 for 50 pieces in April is now automatically quoted for $385 for 20 pieces in June. I guess I'm taking this work back to my local machine shop...

rx8pilot:
I have been machining for about 20 years. From simple to very complex.

The high price is still VERY low. I wouldn't even return your email if you sent that model and asked for 50pcs for that price. I am particularly quick and efficient relative to most of the industry which allows me to be rather aggressive on pricing. Still, I won't even bother to compete on price with Chinese shops.

I can be faster. I can be more accurate. I can even help you optimize your design for manufacturing. I just can't with the hilarious Chinese pricing.

j_omega:
So it appears that if you order a quantity greater than 25, this will trigger a manual review which brings back the old pricing. I would guess that either
1) The automatic quoting tool isn't doing a good job, or
2) JLC is looking to increase its margins on lower-volume orders.

Either way, that solves the problem for me.

loki42:
Pcbway has been good on prices too.  I just got some titanium and stainless 3d printed and some tool steel machined.  Turn time on the titanium is a little slower than initially quoted but they had a few questions for me about where they could put supports.

newto:

--- Quote from: rx8pilot on June 18, 2024, 05:33:45 am ---I have been machining for about 20 years. From simple to very complex.

The high price is still VERY low. I wouldn't even return your email if you sent that model and asked for 50pcs for that price. I am particularly quick and efficient relative to most of the industry which allows me to be rather aggressive on pricing. Still, I won't even bother to compete on price with Chinese shops.

I can be faster. I can be more accurate. I can even help you optimize your design for manufacturing. I just can't with the hilarious Chinese pricing.

--- End quote ---

I've told the company president that if he's looking to buy another small company (they've bought two or three the last few years?), try to find one that has a machine shop. I dread the day when our local guy either closes up or decides that we aren't worth the time. We used to have more options, but they've either shut down or decided "20x disk with two small ANSI threaded holes and tube with two large UN threaded ends" isn't worth the setup time. We're definitely in his "I'll get to it when I get to it" stack, 5-6 week target is a mild suggestion, but we just factor that into our quotes.

Maybe we should get a lathe...

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