Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve highlighted the most comment questions we get asked regarding our services in Short Run Metal Stamping, LASER Cutting, and Metal Fabrication and Welding.   If you don’t see the answer to your question, please give us a call at 847.741.2277 or email us at

Short Run Tooling Longevity

Q: How many precision parts can we get from this tooling run? A: At Fox Valley Stamping Company, we guarantee the longevity of our short run tooling throughout the duration of your job. This includes the commitment to repair or replace the tooling should the need arise.

Tooling Cost

Q: What tooling costs am I looking at? A: Fox Valley Stamping Company charges a one-time tooling fee. For flat parts with holes, the cost is approximately $50, and more complex parts may have a higher cost, rarely exceeding $1,000.

Average Run Quantity

Q: What part quantities can Fox Valley Stamping Company accommodate? A: Our average order ranges between 750 and 1,000 pieces. Over the years, we have fulfilled orders of various sizes, from one-piece prototypes to 5-piece orders and even up to 100,000-piece orders.

Order Lead Time

Q: What is the turnaround time for a typical order? A: Fox Valley Stamping Company typically has a lead time of 3 to 4 weeks for standard jobs. However, more complex projects may require 5 to 10 weeks for completion.


Q: What kind of materials does Fox Valley Stamping work with? A: Fox Valley Stamping Company works with prime quality flat stock, and we can also use your supplied prime quality raw material. Common materials we work with include aluminum, brass, copper, beryllium copper, phosphor bronze, all carbon steels, and stainless steel. Additionally, we offer a wide range of finishes and tempers for CNC metal stamping.

Material Thickness and Sizes

Q: How large of a part can you manufacture? A: Fox Valley Stamping Company can produce parts of various sizes and shapes. We process sheets with thickness capacities up to 3/8” (.375) in mild steel, and our maximum sheet sizes are 48” x 96”.

Dimensional Tolerances

Q: What kind of dimensional tolerances can Fox Valley Stamping Company hold? A: Our dimensional tolerance standard is +/-.005, and when working off customer samples, we can go to +/- .015.

Customer Samples

Q: Can you work with my sample? A: Fox Valley Stamping Company can work with customer samples, prints, or electronic files. Our design capabilities allow us to create new custom parts based on your requirements.

Blanket Orders / Split Shipments for Inventory Control

Q: Will you accept blanket orders? Will you hold customer inventory for split shipments? A: Fox Valley Stamping Company accepts blanket orders and collaborates with customers on inventory control. For example, you can place a 10,000-part blanket order to receive volume discounts and have 850 pieces shipped per month to your facility.

Quality System / Certification

Q: What quality system does Fox Valley Stamping use? A: While Fox Valley Stamping Company is not certified, we adhere to ISO 9001:2000 quality management guidelines. We conduct ongoing audits, training, and system upgrades to ensure top-notch quality.

In-House Processing / Secondary Operations

Q: Do you do any secondary operation processing? A: Fox Valley Stamping Company handles secondary processes such as drilling, tapping, or machining in-house. However, for processes like heat treating, plating, or painting, we rely on trusted partners as part of our total care customer service.

Contact us today at 847.741.2277 or for any of your metal fabrication needs.

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