About

About

Makers of what are unquestionably the best custom pancake blanking dies since 1987 . These are handmade, heat treated tool steel dies, designed to cut thick or thin metal cleanly, without messy burrs on the back , and without metal sticking in the die . You can buy cheaper dies elsewhere, but you get what you pay for , and with our dies you get dependability and longevity , plus the ability to do intricate designs of your own .

  • Unique, inexpensive dies for cutting parts in sheet metal, thin plastic, and thick paper.
  • Custom made dies of your designs at a small fraction of the price of conventional die sets.
  • Part Punching service using you dies, confidentiality guaranteed.
  • Use parts for jewelry, ornaments, sculpture, decorative accents for tack, ornamental tinwork, lawn and garden accents, etc…

Sheltech is Dave Shelton (call me “Dar”) and Dennice Shelton (call her “Q”), a husband and wife team in central¬† New Mexico. I, Dar, the founder, was a jewelry maker, designer, and model maker from 1974 to 1985. I obtained the RT Blanking System in 1985, but was not impressed by the equipment or instruction as it was at the time, and set about getting things up to a real production level. I became obsessed with perfecting the process, and got very good at sawing out dies along the way. I ended up setting aside the jewelry career in favor of this present one.

I have been known to do the odd fabrication job , though I generally don’t do more than make dies and punch out parts for people . The jewelry manufacturing background gives me a deep perspective¬† on making small metal parts , and has been applied to making dies in many ways .