Hi Gert - The sheet metal process it self is geared to prototypes
particularly for blanking as no special tooling is usually required. Even
most forming can be performed with stock tools in a brake. Machines like
Wiederman & Amada can be directly programmed from a solid model data base.
There is even a machine (Baltec) that can be programed to blank your piece &
form parts in the Z axis, all in a single set up.
The trick is though, in finding a company that specializes in prototyping
using this equipment. The machines are all capable, but the people?
Roy Sheppard, Jr.
Roy Sheppard, Jr. CPMR
Atlantic Technical Components, Inc.
258 Spruce Road
Middletown, NY 10940
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