Prove out part designs and manufacturability at a fraction of the production cost and convert concepts into perfect parts with robust prototyping from Wiegel Tool Works.
Wiegel Tool Works’ (WTW) in-house prototype department is the perfect choice for manufacturing low volume stamping components with tight tolerances. With over 75 years of experience, WTW prototypes parts for leading OEM and Tier manufacturers in the aerospace, appliance, automotive, construction and housing, electronics, electrical equipment, lighting, military, solar and telecommunications industries, among others. Before investing in full production, we test design concepts at early phases of part development to perfect part designs and prevent mass production issues. Our team of highly-skilled, knowledgeable engineers determine feasibility of manufacturing part designs and offer complete recommendations on the best suited materials, modifications and cost savings ideas for part and tool designs, and recommendations for the manufacturing technology that is most appropriate for each unique project. Prototyping saves time and money providing an opportunity to make quality parts with short lead times and ensures the best practices are in place for future production.
Our rapid prototyping department utilizes exclusive and custom developed prototype technology designed by WTW experts themselves, wire EDM, waterjet, 3D-printing, chemical etching, and the latest progressive die stamping equipment recognized in industry. Stamping production methods include progressive die high speed stamping with Bruderer machinery and progressive die heavy stamping with Minster machinery. Our stamping facility also features an in-house tool room for building complex progressive tooling to produce stamped parts, eliminating the need for an outside tool and die house. Our engineers work with Siemens NX, the latest 3D modeling software known to the industry, to simulate how parts and tools will function together in production on screen. This helps our engineers identify if weak spots are present in parts and tools and determine if design modifications are necessary to improve manufacturability. The close alignment between our engineering and tooling department allows potential issues and changes to be addressed and implemented immediately. For prototype assembly needs, we use in-die assembly and secondary semi-automated assembly methods to combine multiple stamped parts and join plastic, metal inserts, or hardware components such as fasteners, screw machine parts, bushings, nuts, and studs to metal stampings.
Part specifications include:
- Minimum Part Length/Width: 0.25 in (6.35 mm)
- Maximum Part Length/Width: 24 in (609.6 mm)
- Part Diameter: 0.25 in (6.35 mm) to 24 in (609.6 mm)
- Part Thickness: .002 in (.051 mm) to .375 in (9 mm)
- Tolerance: +/- .001 in (+/- .025 mm)
Although each metal has its own blend of mechanical, chemical and surface properties, our knowledgeable engineering and production teams have decades of experience and can achieve optimum results from a variety of metals. Our team develops the right tooling techniques to ensure the unique properties of any metal are yielding exactly what our customers require for their metal stampings. Material types we commonly work with include copper, brass, phosphor bronze, beryllium copper, steel, stainless steel, carbon steel, aluminum, galvanized steel, titanium and platinum.
Family owned and operated since 1941, Wiegel Tool Works is capable of producing a range of products with rapid prototyping including:
- Battery Cable Connectors
- Brake Components
- Bus Bars
- Compression Limiters
- Crush Bushings
- Engine Components
- Furniture Parts
- Fuse Boxes
- Fuse Clips
- Heat Sinks
- Hose Clamps
- Lead Frames
- Lighting Components
- Press-fit Pins
- Printer Cartridge Blades
- Rolled Bushings
- Seat Belts
- Selective Plated Lead Frames
- Selective Plated Terminals
- Sensor Components
- Terminals, Contacts and Connectors
- Transmission Components
- Transmission Lead Frames
- Wire Formed Fasteners
- Wire Formed Hooks
- Wire Formed Springs
- Wire Formed Terminals
Stamping component features include automated in-die assembled, bi-metal, coated, coined, compliant pin (eye of the needle), countersunk, critical dimensions, EB welded, embossed, enameled, eyelets, flat, formed, heat-treated, IDC slots, inlay, multiple stamping, numbering, precious metal plated, reeled, shape critical, skived, strain relief, surface critical, surface mounted, tapped, threaded, tip coin and tuning forks.
Wiegel Tool Works is known for building partnerships through a “co-engineered” approach to collaboratively address design and manufacturing challenges alongside our customers. Together, with customer engineering and sourcing teams, we are routinely able to co-develop solutions and bring cost saving ideas to complex projects. It is our goal to optimize efficiency on every project by seamlessly bridging the work flow between the customer and Wiegel Tool Works. Decades of experience has proven to us that the most cost-effective manufacturing strategies synergize the best engineering practices at both the customer and at Wiegel Tool Works. We continually strive to be a premier service provider and invaluable resource to each customer by helping to drive efficiencies in all moving parts of a project.
We encourage you to obtain reliable stamped parts by partnering with Wiegel Tool Works for your prototype needs. With a dedicated team, innovative equipment and superior quality control, we provide exceptional services customized to each customer’s unique needs.