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Rapid Prototyping Services
Proven Part Designs For Cost-competitive Manufacturing

Rapid Prototyping

Wiegel Tool Works’ (WTW) in-house prototype department is the perfect choice for manufacturing low volume stamping components with tight tolerances. With over 77 years of experience, WTW prototypes parts for leading OEM and Tier manufacturers in the aerospace, appliance, automotive, electric vehicle, electrical equipment, electronics, lighting, military and defense, solar, structural building components 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.

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.

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Our Production Parts

Wiegel Tool Works produces a variety of precision metal stampings made from copper, precious metal and ferrous metals. We specialize in manufacturing of both precision electrical connectors and non-electrical parts that are used in our world’s most demanded consumer products and essentials.

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Family owned and operated since 1941, Wiegel Tool Works is capable of producing a range of custom, precision metal stampings with rapid prototyping prior to mass-production including:

  • Brackets
  • Brake Components
  • Busbars
  • Clips
  • Compression Limiters
  • Crush Bushings
  • Engine Components
  • Furniture Parts
  • Fuse Boxes
  • Fuse Clips
  • Heat Sinks
  • Hose Clamps
  • Housings
  • Lead Frames
  • Lighting Components
  • Press-fit PIns
  • Printer Cartridge Blades
  • Rolled Bushings
  • Seat Belt Buckle (Steel Tongue)
  • Selective Plated Lead Frames
  • Selective Plated Terminals
  • Sensor Components
  • Shields
  • Taillights
  • Terminals, Contacts, and Connectors
  • Transmission Components
  • Transmission Lead Frames
  • Wire and Cable Connectors
  • Wire Formed Fasteners
  • Wire Formed Hooks
  • Wire Formed Springs
  • Wire Formed Terminals

Materials

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
  • Platinum

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)

We Prioritize customer satisfaction

At Wiegel Tool Works, our utmost priority is customer satisfaction with the quality and integrity of our parts. In-die sensors, press monitoring systems, camera vision systems and a dedicated inspection team ensure parts leaving the production line exceed customer expectations.

STAMPING FEATURES

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.

Leading Technology

Wiegel Tool Works invests in cutting-edge technology to drive process efficiencies and produce high-quality and cost-effective product. We operate progressive die metal stamping technology from Minster and Bruderer, the leaders in stamping automation technology and equipment. Our enhanced manufacturing equipment is capable of producing with more precision and accuracy and can achieve complex geometries and tighter tolerances. We also have a dedicated automation department that develops in-die sensor technology and camera vision systems used to incorporate quality assurance through all phases of stamping production. With a committed team, innovative equipment and superior quality control, Wiegel Tool Works can provide progressive die high-speed stamping and heavy stamping services that turnaround reliable parts on-time and on-budget.

Building Partnerships

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 workflow 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.

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It’s our mission to offer premier metal stamping and metal forming solutions to the most challenging and innovative engineering product designs. We combine advanced metal stamping production and tooling equipment, superior quality controls, seamless automation and production processes, and a knowledgeable and experienced team to serve an array of market segments.

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Wiegel Tool Works Expands Operations To A New Facility Located in Elk Grove Village, IL

Wiegel Tool Works expanded their operations to an additional facility located in Elk Grove Village, IL to create more room for manufacturing and warehousing, while also adding new jobs for manufacturing.

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Wiegel Brings HEV Battery and Engine Module Concept to Life

Wiegel Tool Works creates a successful program solution for their customer offering design modifications and suggestions for cost savings on an EV battery and engine prototype and production program.

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Wiegel Tool Works Wins the Small-Medium Manufacturer of the Year Award

mHUB and DMDII presents Wiegel Tool Works as the winner of the Small-Medium Manufacturer of the Year Award at the Fourth Revolution Awards Ceremony.

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