For a variety of reasons people often search for a particular part only to find it is out of stock, no longer made, or only available when purchased in large quantities. When this type of situation presents itself, then the use of custom machining services can be a viable alternative.
Machine shops which will do custom work are available and often can help by offering a number of different ways parts can be made on the different machines they offer including Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines. If it is a metal part, then the options would normally include lathes, a stamping press, a milling machine, or some type of precision shearing device. The metal used can be steel, iron, aluminum, brass, or some other type of metal.
Many shops offering custom machining services can also assist with plastic parts through the use of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) plastic machining services or with injection molding although the initial cost of injection molding is usually too expensive for a small production run.
Whether plastic or metal of some type, shops which offer custom service may also be able to provide assistance with the design of the product. Many of them employ engineers or individuals with some engineering background as well as experience with the computerized design software such as AutoCAD although there are several types of software which do similar tasks.
While custom machined items are often more expensive than their mass-produced counterparts, many people opt for the custom machining services due to their ability to provide more items which are more precise, more detailed, or constructed of a different material than the original or the mass-produced items.
Lastly, the use of a custom machine shop will often enable a customer to obtain a product on a timeline set by them.