There are advantages and disadvantages to both handcrafted and machine-made hardware. Handcrafted hardware requires more detail, and the final product reflects that, as well as its maker’s soul. On the other hand, machine-made hardware requires materials that can be used by a machine, and its mass-production method tends to lower costs. But if you want to create beautiful hardware that will make a lasting impression, a machine is not for you.

If you are not sure about how to design a hardware making machine, you can consult with a hardware manufacturer. These companies are certified and have gone through extensive vetting and screening processes. They can provide the design files necessary to produce your hardware. If you need an EE or ME part, you should use STEP or IGES 3D files. Gerber and drill files are used for boards. On the other hand, traditional 2D drawings are suitable for critical parts.

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