The Fastest, Most Accurate Way for Machine Shops to Estimate

Simulate your jobs using your machines, tools, and materials to product estimates in just minutes!

Why Choose Us

What Makes ShouldCost the Most Accurate Cost
Estimation Solution for Job Shops and Manufacturers?

Feature based estimation

Uses your part’s features to simulate the true material removal to give you accurate cycle times.

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You select your actual machines during estimation and ShouldCost emulates the rest — no more guesswork!

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You assign your actual tools to simulate actual processing times, not historical guesstimates.

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A Global Standard In Industrial Contracting.

Leading Industrial & Manufacturing Company, Serving Since 1982.

OnCourse Technologies, Inc. is a leading producer of engineering software widely used by metal working manufacturers. Its cloud based product ShouldCost(TM) is built upon the brand leadership of OnCourse’s current brand Micro Estimating, a major supplier of process engineering, planning, and estimating products for manufacturing.

The ShouldCost proprietary cloud-based software helps machine shops quote faster and more accurately. Our true cost-based estimation software simulates a machine shops equipment and resource use so precisely, their estimates are 98% accurate. This level of precision helps shorten lead-times, control costs, cut waste, and guarantee delivery.

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What we do

Our Services

OnCourse Technologies was incorporated on March 14, 1999 in the state of Nevada. Our corporate office is located at 200 Sourth Virginia Street, Suite 800, Reno Nevada. Our Corporate Telephone number is +1 (800) 207-8007.

Machine Shop Estimation

We provide tools allowing machine shops to set up their entire operations into our system.

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Manufacturing Estimation

ShouldCost provides bill of material estimation for product assemblies in the fabrication and general.

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3D Feature Recognition

For our 3D feature recognition, simply load a CAD part into our ShouldCost DEEP software and hit go!

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The company generates revenue by our software licensing, assisting in manufacturing, providing engineering, and business consulting services across general manufacturing and numerous disciplines, such as energy, aerospace, automotive, and medical.

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Who we serve

For 40 years, Micro Estimating Systems has provided many fortune 500 companies with state-of the-art-technologies. Utilizing our decades of experience and the latest in technology, we created ShouldCost, a cutting-edge “quote” software that helps machine shops quote faster and more accurately.

We specialize in metal, but we also have some capabilities for plastics. Our secondary target are engineers who want to know how their design changes affect price.
We serve the following industries but not limited to:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Consumer Products
  • Defense Manufacturing
  • Energy
  • Engineering Services
  • Fluid Power
  • Hydraulics
  • Industrial Equipment
  • Injection Molding