Frequently Asked Questions

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"Short run metal stamping" is a method of making tools and dies by using inserts in master holders and fixtures instead of using conventional die sets. This cuts the tooling charge and lead times dramatically.

Our short run tooling is guaranteed for the life of the job. You never have to pay for repair or maintenance.

Our method of making insert tooling allows us to facilitate smaller quantity runs over conventional metal stamping methods due to the low cost of the tooling. We can also cut the lead time of a new job dramatically over conventional tooling. Short run metal stamping versus sheet metal is all about cost. On a part under 12in. x 12in. our method could be cheaper than a sheet metal shop by 50% or more.

Our methods of tooling will produce the same or better quality than all other methods of fabrication.

We refer to the tooling charge as a NREC (Non-Recurring Engineering Charge). For a simple flat part with round holes about 2in x 4in, we would charge about $250.00. As the parts become more complex, the NREC gets higher, but is still the most economical way to build tooling that will last for the life of the job.

We have noticed over the 40+ years we have been in business that 1,000 pieces is approximately the average per order. We will run a few as 50 pieces per order and we have some customers that order 100,000 pieces at a time. We also have stocking programs available.

Our normal lead time for reorders is 3-4 weeks. Orders requiring tooling can be 5-10 weeks depending on how complex the part is and the workload at the time of the order.

We have presses from 35 to 220 ton capacity.

We will do all secondary processes in house (drilling, tapping, machining etc.) We do not provide any heat treating, plating or finish processing in house.

Yes, we can work to a sample, print or electronic file.

We will provide first articles if you request them. Please state that on the RFQ and PO.

Yes, National Metal Stampings has several stocking programs available.

Yes, either you can supply material or we can.

No, but we will be happy to help and assist you with your designs.

Some of the more common materials we work with include:
  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Phosphor Bronze
  • Beryllium Copper
  • All Carbon steels
  • Copper
  • Berylco
  • Nickel Silver
  • Stainless steel
  • Most plastics that can be stamped

And with a wide range of finishes and tempers.

Yes, our quality control system is based and certified on AS 9100D and ISO 9001:2015.

In most cases, we can. Our company has worked closely with our suppliers to provide a variety of RoHS compliant processes.

Yes, our company can certify to the DFARS "Specialty Metals" clause as long as it is specified on your purchase order.

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