A cable support bracket with 2 threaded inserts and a weld, created in Solidworks 2016
Prototype Sheet Metal Parts in 4 steps
Sheet metal fabrication is an excellent method of making mechanical parts, especially support brackets. They tend to be cheap, light, strong, and easy to pack and ship. However, a major drawback to sheet metal is the setup costs in prototyping: a part might only cost $10 to make, but cost $300 to set up.
Down the road that cost is absorbed in high volumes – those 300 parts would only cost $11 each – but if you’re ordering just a couple to build a prototype, you’ll be paying $170 each for one pair of small brackets. Ouch.
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