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Estimate does not mean “guess” anymore.

Precision Estimating and Business Tools for Engineered Profits. Estimating, Quoting and Cost Administration for Manufacturing MicroEstimating’s cost engineering software for the machining and fabrication industries, encompasses process planning, estimating, bill of materials and ShouldCost estimation analysis. The ease of use, and the accuracy of the software has gained the company industry awards and international recognition as a world leader.

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Improve Estimating Accuracy

Estimating accurate project cost is essential if a manufacturer wishes to remain both competitive and profitable. Estimates that are over priced result in lost opportunities and estimates that do not reflect real manufacturing costs lose money. Studies show it takes five profitable jobs to recoup the losses from just one under estimated project. Profitability begins with accurate and comprehensive estimating.

Increase Profitability

MicroEstimating increases profitability and accuracy from the minute you start using it. Whether you are an Original Equipment Manufacturer, Contract Manufacturer, Job Shop, or Tool and Die Manufacturer, our software system can be tailored to fit any estimating or costing requirements.

Manufacturing Software Intelligence

MicroEstimating consistently enhances its technology. For nearly four decades, Micro’s relationships with leading Machine Tool builders help ensure the system precisely emulates current and future manufacturing technologies.

The most complete libraries and latest data from every major manufacturer is current, complete, and at your fingertips from the moment you say “Go Micro.”

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Calculate Machine Specific Cycle Times.

MicroEstimating is an expert engineering system that contains databases of Materials, Machines, Factory Operations, Tooling, Purchased Parts, Outside Operations, Bill of Materials, Labor Rates, Burden Rates, Overheads, Selling Expenses, Markups, and Profit Margins. Our proprietary formulas determine value added and non-value added times and costs.

Feature Recognition

MicroEstimating’s Interactive Feature Recognition technology calculates detailed manufacturing methods, and produces detailed layouts and routings derived from knowledge bases that incorporate hundreds of standards and proprietary formulas. Every variable is accounted for, like speed and feeds, tooling, horse power, torque, and idle times. Alternate manufacturing methods can be compared simultaneously for cost savings. Best Practices can be incorporated for optimization.

How MicroEstimating Feature Recognition technology works for you:

Feature Recognition Estimating Automates the costing, and precisely calculates the manufacturing times of items manufactured on CNC equipment.

1. The material type and to quantity to estimate is selected.
2. The 3D CAD drawing is loaded into the Software.*
3. The machine type is selected for production.


The software interpolates the drawing, and produces Machine Specific engineered process plans with comprehensive times and cost.

3D Feature Recognition uses SolidWorks®
* For 2D drawings, simply click on features to be cut using the built-in intelligent
CAD system or our on screen smart digitizing

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Integrated Bill of Materials

Many customers have large complex assemblies, with bills of materials with over thirty thousand (30,000) line items. Then imagine the number of parts in say; the International Space Station, Several NASA locations use our software. MicroEstimating handles it all.

  • Robust and Intuitive Bill of Materials
  • Multi-Level component listings
  • Infinite Nesting of line items

MicroEstimating contains a fully integrated Bill of Material application. Each bill can be nested infinitely to handle any size assembly. They can contain purchased as well as manufactured parts. As prices or costs change, they are updated automatically with new pricing, or cost information. Importing a SolidWorks® Bill of Material is a standard system function.

Customers consistently affirm that it’s the best Bill of Materials they have ever used.

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Engineered Profits

When used as intended, MicroEstimating’s software becomes the nucleus of profitable manufacturing. It supports and empowers factory personnel with consistent, reliable, comprehensive, and accurate information for facilitating and enhancing productivity. The software creates a continuous improvement circle of profitability and productivity by unifying management, sales, design, purchasing, engineering, accounting, and manufacturing.

Micro Estimating Modules

CNC Machining (Feature Recognition Available)

  • CNC Turning
    • Multi and Live Axis
    • Multi-Tasking Mill/Turn Centers
  • CNC Swiss Turning
  • Multi-Spindle CNC Screw Machines
  • CNC Machining Centers
    • Vertical Milling
    • Horizontal Milling
  • Conventional and Wire EDM

Fabrication (With Feature Recognition)

  • Hand Fab Machines
  • Jump Shear
  • Laser Cutting
  • Nibbling Machine
  • Oxy-fuel Cutting
  • Plasma Cutting
  • Power Press Brakes
  • Power Shears
  • Punch Press – 2nd Op
  • Single Station Punch
  • Strip/Coil Punch Press
  • Turret Punch
  • Turret Punch w/Laser
  • Turret Punch w/Plasma
  • Water Jet Cutting

Bill of Materials and Assembly

  • Robust and Intuitive Bill of Materials
  • Multi-level Component Listings
  • Automated Cost Updating
  • Infinite Nesting of Line Items
  • SolidWorks® BOM Import

General Manufacturing

  • Assembly Time
  • Boring Machine
  • Boring Mill/Boring Bar
  • Bridgeport (CNC/Manual)
  • Cylindrical Grinding
  • Deburr: Manual/Automated
  • Gear Hobbing
  • Gear Shaping
  • Gear Shaving
  • Gun Drill
  • Honing Machine
  • Horizontal Broaching
  • Inline Transfer Machine
  • Inspection
  • Lapping
  • Manual Lathes
  • Multi Spindle Drill Press
  • Painting
  • Radial Arm Drill Press
  • Reciprocal Surface Grinding
  • Rotary Surface Grinding
  • Rotary Transfer Machine
  • Sawing- Circular/Band
  • Single Spindle Drill Press
  • Spreadsheet
  • Stamping/Marking
  • Standards Databases
  • Straightening
  • Threading Machine
  • Universal Milling
  • Vertical Broaching
  • Warner & Swasey Lathes
  • Welding

Automatic Screw Machines

  • Acme
  • Brown & Sharpe
  • Cam Swiss
  • Conomatic
  • Davenport
  • Gildemaster
  • Greenlee
  • Index MS
  • New Britain
  • Tornos SAS
  • Wickman