Outsourcing waterjet or laser cutting, same thing: unreliable quoting, questionable quality cutting, missing deadlines, miscalculated measurements, screwed-up design, etc.
Typically the things we have to outsource are: hot-dip galvanizing (we don’t do much of this because it’s a paint in the ass and we prefer to just use aluminum where possible), powder-coating (we do LOTS of this), onsite industrial coating, waterjet and laser cutting, white glove delivery, and heavy plate roll-forming. All other fabrication components are kept in-house, and that’s the way we like it. When you outsource, you are at the mercy of, and only as good as, your provider. Over the years, for the most part, we have established very strong relationships with our network, but it’s taken a long time and plenty of trial-and-error. We find it preferable to control most process steps in-house as much as possible. We do all of our own design, layout, brakeforming, welding, rolling, which ultimately saves our clients money and saves us a ton of time and hassle.