Most new products for us start with prototypes. Our CNC-bending machines makes it possible for us to produce these in a short time and at a reasonable cost. When we have found a design that works we can develop a bending tool, when it is a high volume product.
We use Solidworks as CAD-program but accept a lot of different formats, like IGS and STEP. When making prototypes an electronic 3D-drawing is very useful for printing different views of the product.