FAQ

What level of part complexity can you handle?

Complex geometries (multiple axes) with between 25-150 features and tolerances up to 0.0001 (ten thousand.) Each production part is assessed on a number of critical factors including material, GD&T (after coating), and other underlying part complexities. This approach allows us to develop a customized production strategy for each unique part program to assure conformity, as well as reducing lead times and costs.

What are your machining capabilities?

Full 5-Axis milling, 4-Axis HMC, and 3+2 VMC.

What materials do you machine?

We specialize in aero-grade materials such as Titanium, Aluminum, and Inconel. All primary steel alloys, including stainless steel, and specific rigid plastic composites.

What is your machining size envelope?

Prismatic (milling) up to 24” X 24” X 29” (Think: matchbox to shoebox)

Cylindrical (turning) up to 16” diameter X 19” length (Think: marble to volleyball.)

What is your monthly output capacity?

Monthly production output 100,000 pcs.

What production volumes do you typically run?

Detroit Robotics manage single-piece prototypes and LRP (low-rate production) typically between 30-300 pcs. up to higher volume production parts exceeding 10,000 pcs. per month.

What certifications do you hold?

Please review our current certifications here.

What is your typical lead time (ARO?)

We provide expedited lead times from FAI through production. Our standard lead time is 4 weeks or less, contingent on production volume, part complexity, and FAI approval.

Generally, part reruns (minus revision updates) can be accelerated.

What is your quoting turnaround time?

Typically, quotes are processed within 24 hours or less.

What are your reporting capabilities?

We provide custom reporting based on each customer’s unique quality requirements. This includes full material certification, COC (Certificate of Conformance) and completion of customer QAP’s or internal conformance checklists.

What risk management strategies do you employ?

We employ a “Noah’s Ark” risk management strategy for redundancy to ensure production schedules are not affected by machine maintenance. Contingencies are also employed to hedge against external factors. 

What secondary operations and finishes do you provide?

Our qualified, NADCAP Certified supply chain handle most aerospace and defense-grade secondary operations and finishes. Please ask for details on specific processes.

We also work with designated secondary suppliers by request.

How do you communicate and approach program management?

Our program management strategy reflects the unique requirements of the customer team and program. Status updates, reporting, and technical communication best practices are generally agreed upon in advance and developed over the lifecycle of the program.

Our project management team are available from 06:00 to 22:00 EST Mon-Fri.

Do you use additive manufacturing?

Yes. We produce 3D parts for form-fit-function tests or, more commonly, for twinned QC fixtures to align to our customer’s in-house quality systems.

Can you provide customer references?

Yes. References from leading OE and Prime customers can be provided on request. 

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