I'm looking to make my first unit myself if I can, or at least make sure I'm designing something that can be manufactured easily enough. While laser cutting and then welding together is an option, my guess would be the cost will skyrocket if we have to do that. It would probably be cheaper to just change the design and put in hard angles and just weld in those places. But....if I can get it all bent and minimize the welding, it will be a lot better looking and cheaper to make/sell.
Thanks for the input though, keep the ideas coming! I can't disclose what it is just yet, but once I have a functioning prototype in my hot little hands, I will.
This is by far the most complicated component of the device, so once I have this resolved, the rest will happen pretty quickly.