Tooling presents a significant upfront cost to new fabrication projects, and escalating tooling costs can hurt businesses’ bottom lines. As a result, tooling can be cost-prohibitive for many would-be roll formed products.
In response, some metal fabricators offer “free” or partially owned tooling. This allows manufacturers to reduce the upfront costs of roll forming, and free up cash flow.
But in the long-term, it’s not that simple.