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PEI Introduces Rapid Prototyping Program for Metal Stampers

May 19, 2010

PHOTOFABRICATION ENGINEERING, INC. (PEI), Milford, MA, (May 19, 2010) announces the introduction of the new PEI Rapid Prototyping Program specifically designed to help metal stamping companies grow their sales. PEI is taking the lead in offering a novel, cooperative approach to help the precision metal stamping industry introduce new products quickly and inexpensively.

Chip Lehrer, President of PEI and a 20-year veteran of the industry, recently observed that “The precision metal stamping industry and the precision metal etching industry are really two sides of the same coin. We can help metal stampers create rapid prototypes of new designs and compete in both the beginning and ending phases of a product’s life cycle, when volumes are insufficient for the economies of scale required in metal stamping.” According to First Research, only 5% of the $340 billion fabricated metal parts industry is composed of “forging and stamping,” which means, according to Lehrer, that there is a lot of room for cooperation between metal etchers and metal stampers to grow total market share and offer the best solutions to OEMs.

Some of the main benefits offered by the metal etching process are that it produces products with no burrs, improves yields and offers tight tolerances (0.0005 in. on a 0.25 in. radius hole or flange thickness). Coupled with minimum set-up time and material as compared with the traditional metal stamping process, photo chemical machining can be a huge advantage to metal stamping companies. For as little as $2000, a metal stamper can use the PEI Rapid Prototyping Program to create a custom tool or produce parts in small quantities (with a maximum thickness of 0.25 in. from a maximum sheet size of 18 in. x 24 in.) in as little as 2-3 weeks. “Repeat orders in small quantities are also very efficient for us,” says Lehrer, “so we can help a metal stamping company reduce their total costs until the end user’s prototypes are proven or the market responds enthusiastically with a demand for high volume.”

About PEI:

Established in 1968, PEI is a world-renowned metal etching company with proprietary etching processes to create precision metal parts from both common and difficult-to-machine materials such as titanium. The firm is ISO 9001:2008 and AS 9100 certified and traditionally serves the microelectronic, medical, aerospace, industrial and defense industries.

For more information about the new Rapid Prototype Program, please contact Chip Lehrer, Vice President of Sales, Photofabrication Engineering, Inc., 500 Fortune Drive, Milford, MA 01757-1722, phone 508-478-2025, fax 508-478-3582, e-mail, or visit

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