At Prototype Stampings, we have the resources to develop a brand new part from your CAD file – or even from a simple sketch. We can also reverse-engineer an existing part for you. While a lot of our work involves prototyping new designs in the automotive, agricultural and appliance industries, among others, our processes, equipment, and skillsets are also ideally suited to lower volume production runs – particularly for deep drawn parts.
Prototype Stampings provides a wide array of services. We are specialists in the creation of prototype sheet metal parts and deep drawn stampings and countless other parts with uses in all industries.
Applications for our prototype metal stamping services include research and development, pre-production parts, qualification test parts, trade show samples, customer samples, one-of-a-kind prototypes, and more. At Prototype Stampings, we have the capabilities to create and replicate a wide range of parts for everything from appliances and agricultural applications to the automotive and aerospace industries.
Prototype Stampings employs a number of methods to refine our processes for creating parts for such varied industries. Utilizing both our in-house capabilities and those of our partners, we have the expertise to take your design from conception through tool design, laser and water-jet cutting, deburring, painting, welding, passivation, and plating. Because customer satisfaction is a cornerstone of our success, we are constantly expanding and refining our services to better meet our customers’ needs.
Contact us today for the custom metal stampings your project requires, or to learn more about our first-class services.
Size of parts – Prototype Stampings has the capability to manufacture a wide range of part sizes – from a half-inch diameter washer to an automobile hood – and all sizes and shapes in between. Check out our gallery to see a representative sampling of parts we’ve made.
Materials – Prototype Stampings can make parts from a wide range of materials: carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, galvanized steel, HSLA and specialty materials.
Tooling – By making our tooling in-house, we are able to make changes quickly when they are needed. We also are able to adjust our tooling material as needed to meet the needs of the project at hand. As a good middle ground between durability and cost-efficiency, mild steel is a tooling material we frequently use. However, some projects require tool steel tooling, while others may be best accomplished by hard-wood tooling. Our tool and die experience allows us to quickly determine the best material for the job with the emphasis always being on completing your parts as quickly and accurately as possible, designing tooling that will produce as many parts as you need but without adding unnecessary expense by over-engineering. You don’t want to pay for a set of tooling designed to make 10,000 parts when you only need a dozen samples.
- Custom-made components from your files
- Drawn and formed parts
- Machined parts
- Reverse Engineering
The Prototyping Process
Prototypes are often an essential part of the design process, allowing designers, engineers and others to test the product before investing in production tooling. To facilitate this process, Prototype Stampings uses multiple methods to provide finished parts that are the equivalent of future production parts. This allows our customers to test the proof of concept or produce limited volumes for design verification and testing, quickly and effectively, without incurring the cost and time required for a full production tool.
The speed and cost-effectiveness of our prototyping allows our customers to:
- Try several design concepts and iterations and choose the best solution
- Establish a Proof of Concept
- Test the design and materials
- Evaluate the manufacturability of the component
- Build prototypes that will closely simulate the production components
- Perform early design verification testing
- Produce pre-production test units
Prototype Stampings has developed both in-house secondary process capabilities as well as a network of approved suppliers offering a complete range of finishing operations to best meet your custom component requirements.
- CNC machining
- Laser cutting
- Wire EDM
- Heat treatment
- Grit blasting and surface texturing
- CMM part inspection