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CNC Machining Services – Working with PROTOTEK
Deep capabilities in sheet metal and CNC machining – design, manufacturing, finishing, and even complex assemblies.
What do we do?
- Sheet Metal Parts & Assemblies in as Fast as 1-3 Days
- CNC Milled and Turned Parts in as Fast as 1-3 Days
- Complex Parts
- Same Day or Emergency Jobs – Call us Now!
About our fast, flexible personalized service:
- ISO-9001:2015 Certified, ITAR Registered
- Quotes within 24 Hours – Call us if you need it faster!
- Estimates with or without CAD Models
- We Want Complex Jobs – We Quote Parts Others Reject
Because every CNC machining job is unique, and many require special considerations for materials, finishing, custom work, and/or urgent delivery – our CNC machining quotes are turned around by seasoned estimators who confirm all aspects of your job. No automated quoting that works on cookie-cutter algorithms here to limit your project or your imagination. We figure out the best way to run your job first – and that’s why we deliver so many CNC jobs that other shops turn away.
Our CNC machining services & other capabilities start below but they don’t stop there. Want to talk to someone about a job, upload a file for quote or call us now.
NO CAD MODEL, NO PROBLEM
QUOTES WITHIN 24HRS
PARTS & ASSEMBLIES – ONE STOP SHOP
NO ORDER TOO SMALL
EXPEDITED PARTS IN 1-3 DAYS
- Manufacturing Design Assistance
- Laser Cutting - Punching
- Material Graining
- Drilling - Countersinking - Tapping
- Forming - Bending
- Hardware Insertion
- Mechanical Assembly
- TIG, MIG, Spot Welding & Weld Grinding
- Welded Assemblies & Frames
- Up to 5-Axis Milling
- Horizontal & Vertical Milling
- 9-Axis Mill-Turn
- CNC Routing
- Surface Grinding
- Lapping & Polishing
- Welding / Post-Weld Machining
- Heli-Coils / Hardware Inserts
Cutting & Engraving
- Wire EDM Cutting
- Waterjet Cutting
- CO2 Laser
- Quality Engineering Assistance
- CMM Inspection Services
- First Article and AQL Inspections
- Compliance and Document Control
Plastic & Composite Fabrication
- Plastic Thermoforming - Bending
- Cryogenic Deflashing & Deburring
- Plastic Welding
- Thermal, Adhesive, & Mechanical Bonding
- Vapor Polishing
- Radiological Film-Cutting Services
- Manufacturing Design Assistance
- Tooling and Fixture Fabrication
- Electro-Mechanical Services
- Welded, Mechanical, & Small Parts Assembly
- Wire Harnessing
- Laser Cutting – Polymers & Metals
- Insert Installation
- Powder Coating
- Chemical Agent Resistant Coating
- Silk Screening
- Laser Engraving
- Chem Film
- Black Oxide
- Bead Blasting
About CNC Machining
CNC machining allows for high volume output as well as rapid prototyping. CNC machining uses computers to guide machinery and tools during the manufacturing process. Once a CNC machine is started, all cuts and movements are controlled by the software. There is no hands-on maneuvering of the tools, which helps reduce manufacturing overhead and prevents accidents.
Many industries use CNC machining, including aerospace, electronics, metalwork, production, transportation, agriculture, automotive, construction, oil and gas and more.
Common CNC Machining Applications
If you’re looking for a partner that offers quick-turn CNC machining services, then you’ve come to the right place. We can help you with:
- Manufact Prototypes
- Parts production
- Complex part production
- And more
Comparing CNC Machining Processes
DFM (Design for Manufacturability) – the initial phase on any CNC process is designing the end piece to be completed using CNC machining. DFM involves establishing the overall design and machinability of a workpiece to ensure it is simple to manufacture.
3-Axis CNC Milling – In 3-axis CNC milling, the workpiece remains motionless while the cutting tool mills along three different axes. 3-Axis milling machine applications include contoured shapes, hole features, and sharp edges.
4-Axis CNC Milling – With 4-axis CNC milling, the CNC machine operates on multiple axes, with an additional rotation around one of the axes. This additional rotation is called the A-axis. It is used to create cut-outs on the side of a workpiece.
5-Axis CNC Milling – 5-axis CNC milling machines utilize all 4-axes of 4-axis machining plus an additional rotational axis (B-axis). 5-axis milling machines can produce complex parts for various industries.
9-Axis CNC Mill Turn – The 9-axis CNC machine is similar in basic capabilities of the 5-axis machine but also includes angle milling, balance turning and more. 9-axis machines use both the B-axis and additional tools to create complex parts.
Horizontal Milling – With horizontal milling, multiple circular cutting heads are mounted to a horizontal arbor. The bed of the machine moves horizontally or may even rotate.
Vertical Milling – In vertical milling, the cutting head is oriented vertically on the milling machine. In a turret milling machine, the cutting head is fixed while the bed of the machine with material moves horizontally or vertically.
Turning – In turning, the workpiece is held and rotated while single-point tooling starts to shape the material. The cutting tool is moved linearly along the surface of the material to create the desired shape.
CNC Routing – With CNC routing, the routing machine holds the material, spindle, controller, and drive system. The spindle cuts while the drive system acts like an arm moving in three directions as directed by the controller. Materials such as plastic and some metals are suitable for routing machines.
Surface Grinding – A surface grinding machine uses a rotating wheel to extract material from the workpiece. It is commonly used during the finishing process, particularly when a piece needs a complete finish.
Broaching – The process of removing material from a piece using a toothed tool which is called the broach. The two types of broaching include rotary and linear (linear being the more common process)
Boring – the removal of material from a workpiece using tooling to drill holes into an object
Lapping – Lapping is the process of removing any remaining unwanted material from a produced piece. Lapping may include the use of coarse material such as glass plus an abrasive such as diamond. This combination is rolled between the two surfaces to remove material.
Polishing – A polishing machine, like lapping, works to remove any unwanted material from the workpiece. The result is a mirror-like finish free from any imperfections.
Welding– When it comes to CNC machining, some machines can support welding. This is an automated process that uses traditional welding techniques from a CNC perspective.
Post-Weld Machining – Post-weld machining is a secondary finishing process. During this stage, the part is further refined to meet the exact specifications of a project.
Hardware Insertion – Hardware insertion involves inserting a fastener with another material using extreme compressed force.
Wire EDM Cutting – EDM (aka electrical discharge machining) cutting involves using an electrical spark to cut the desired material.
Waterjet Cutting – This style of cutting utilizes a high-power water jet to cut materials. The water often contains a coarse material to aid in cutting.
CO2 Laser Cutting – Carbon dioxide laser cutting uses infrared light to cut various materials.
Fiberoptic Laser Cutting – Fiberoptic laser cutting involves laser diodes diffused through optical fibers. Through this process, cuts can be made into the desired material.
Mechanical Assembly – putting together the final piece; can involve several initial CNC processes to create initial parts.
CNC Milling vs. CNC Turning
CNC milling and CNC turning are different processes. One big difference is that turning is primarily used for making cylindrical components while milling can be used for various shaped parts. CNC milling leverages a specific tool that rotates to make cuts and shape a component. In CNC turning, the material itself spins to allow for the cutting device to shape and form the final product. In the end, each process has its benefits. It all depends on the details and need of your end part.
CNC Machining Materials and Material Characteristics
|CNC Materials||Grade / Alloy||Heat Treatable||Tensile Strength(Ultimate, PSI)||Fatigue Strength(PSI)||Hardness(Brinell)||CNC Machinability(AISI Rating)||CNC Materials||Grade / Alloy||Heat Treatable||Tensile Strength(Ultimate, PSI)||Fatigue Strength(PSI)||Hardness(Brinell)||CNC Machinability(AISI Rating)|
|Brass||C46400||No||55000 - 88000||14500||82||30%|
|Silicon Aluminum Bronze||C64200||No||75000-102000||50000||N/A||60%|
Available CNC Part Finishes
Anodizing – Anodizing helps with reducing corrosion and enhancing your part with a more metallic look to your aluminum parts. It can reduce scratching, act as an electrical insulator and is also a very durable finish.
Types of Anodizing Specifications:
- Type II
- ROHS compliant
- Clear (class 1)
- Black (class 2)
Chromate Plating – Chrome plating also provides protection for your parts from corrosion but also adds electrical conductivity to your part. It also provides the ability to paint the part. Certain metals will require special pre-treating to take full advantage of chrome plating.
Types of Chrome Plating Specifications:
- Yellow (Type I, Non-ROHS)
- Clear (Type II, ROHS)
- Class 1A: For protection against corrosion in either painted or unpainted state
- Class 3: For protection against corrosion in situations where low electrical resistance is required
CNC Machining Machines, Part Sizes and Precision Tolerances
Here is the list of CNC machines we leverage to tackle various CNC machining projects
|Machine Type||Machining Method||XYZ Machining Limits||Precision / Repeatability (in.)||Axis||Brand / Description||Model / Description||Machine Type||Machining Method||XYZ Machining Limits||Precision / Repeatability (in.)||Axis||Brand / Description||Model / Description|
|Milling||CNC Horizontal Mill||20" X 20" X 20"||±0.0002||B-Axis||Daewooo||DHP 4000 High Speed NC-HMC|
|Milling||CNC Horizontal Mill||20" X 20" X 20"||±0.0002||B-Axis||Doosan||HP 4000 High Speed NC-HMC|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||24.4" X 19.7" X 11.8"||±0.00004||3-axis||Sodick (1/2)||High Speed CNC-VMC (Machine # as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||24.4" X 19.7" X 11.8"||±0.00004||3-axis||Sodick (2/2)||High Speed CNC-VMC (Machine # as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||64" X 29" X 24"||±0.00012||4-axis||Doosan||DNM 750 CNC-VMC|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||27.6" X 15.7" X 11.8"||±0.00012||3-axis||Brother (1/4)||TC-S2D-0 CNC-VMC & Tapping Center (Machine # as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||27.6" X 15.7" X 11.8"||±0.00012||3-axis||Brother (2/4)||TC-S2D-0 CNC-VMC & Tapping Center (Machine # as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||27.6" X 15.7" X 11.8"||±0.00012||3-axis||Brother (3/4)||TC-S2D-0 CNC-VMC & Tapping Center (Machine # as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||27.6" X 15.7" X 11.8"||±0.00012||3-axis||Brother (4/4)||TC-S2D-0 CNC-VMC & Tapping Center (Machine # as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||51.5" X 22.5" X 24"||±0.0002||4-axis||Akira Seiki||Performa V5AXP CNC-VMC|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||32" X 20" X 20"||±0.0002||3-axis||Akira Seiki||V3-A Performa CNC-VMC|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||32" X 19" X 20"||±0.0002||3-axis||Akira Seiki||V3 Performa CNC-VMC|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||24" X 18" X 20"||±0.0002||3-axis||Akira Seiki||SV600 CNC-VMC|
|Mill-Turn||CNC Multi-Axis||Bar capacity: 2.6" - Main Spindle Std Chuck: 6"Main Spindle Max Chuck: 8″ - Max turning diameter: 21.25"Max turning length: 40.15"||±0.00008||9-axis||Doosan||Puma MX 2100ST, Multi-Axis, Multi-Tasking CNC Turning Center|
|Mill-Turn||CNC Multi-Axis||Bar capacity: 2.6" - Chuck capacity: 8" - Swing: 9.1"Max turning diameter 9" - Max turning length: 27.4"||X & Z-axis: ±0.00008Y-axis: ±0.00012C-axis: ±0.006°||8-axis||Doosan||Puma TT1800SY, Multi-Axis CNC Turning Center|
|Mill-Turn||CNC Multi-Axis||Bar Capacity: 2.6" - Chuck capacity: 8" - Swing: 21.6"Max turning diameter: 13" - Max turning length: 20.1"||X & Z-axis: ±0.00008Y-axis: ±0.00012C-axis: ±0.006°||Y-Axis||Daewooo||Puma 2000Y, High Performance Turning Center with Y-axis|
|Turning||CNC Lathe||Bar capacity: 2" - Chuck capacity: 6.5" - Swing: 20"Max turning diameter: 9.8" - Max turning length: 20"||X & Z-axis: ±0.00008C-axis: ±0.006°||Daewooo||Lynx 220LM, High Performance Mill-Drill Turning Center|
|Router||CNC Router||110" X 53" X 9.8"||±0.002||Anderson||Stratos WFD CNC Router, 2 Spindles|
|Laser Cutting||CNC Laser||48″ X 48″ Cutting Pallet, 12″ Z-Travel||±0.0002||-||Beam Dynamics||LMC-5000 CNC Laser Cutting System|
|Laser Cutting||CNC Laser||X-axis: 120.86" - Y: 61.02" - Z-axis: 3.93" Max Material Thickness: 0.875" (4kW)||±0.0004||5-axis||Amada||FOL 3015 AJ Fiber Laser AJ4000|
|Press Brake||CNC Hydraulic Press Brake||Max Bend Length: 102.4" - Dist. Between Frames (A): 87" Stroke Length: 9.8" - Open Height (no holders): 20.5" Throat Depth: 17.7" - Machine stroke: 9.8" - Table Height: 37.4"||-||Amada||HG 8025|
|Press Brake||CNC Hydraulic Press Brake||Max Bend Length: 126.77" - Stroke Length: 7.87" Movement Range: L-axis: 27.55" - Y-axis: 86.6" - Z-axis: 9.8"||-||Amada||HDS-1303NT|
|Press Brake||CNC Hydraulic Press Brake||Max Bend Length: 98.48" - Stroke Length: 5.91"||-||Amada||FBD 8025 NT|
|Press Brake||CNC Hydraulic Press Brake||Max Bend Length: 41.3" - Dist. Between Frames (A): 27.9" Stroke Length: 5.9" - Open Height (with PHL): 16.5"||-||Amada||EG 4010|
|Press Brake||CNC Hydraulic Press Brake||Max Bend Length: 82.08" - Stroke Length: 3.93"||-||Amada||RG-M2 5020|
|Press Brake||CNC Hydraulic Press Brake||Max Bend Length: 94" - Stroke Length: 3.94" Open Height: 14.58" - Closed Height: 7" - Throat Depth: 15.76"||-||Amada||RG-80|
|Press Brake||CNC Hydraulic Press Brake||Max Bend Length: 122" - Max Stroke Length: 5.91" Open Height: 16.5" - Throat Depth: 15.7" Distance between side frames: 106" - Length of Stroke: 5.91"||-||Amada||FBD 1253 NT|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||26" X 15" X 4"||±0.005||3-axis||Sharp||LMV|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||26" X 15" X 4"||±0.005||3-axis||Sharp||OMV|
|Milling||CNC Horizontal Mill||22.06" X 26.2" X 26.2"||±0.0002||3-axis||Mazak||Nexus 4000-III Horizontal Center|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||13.78" X 21.66" X 20.08"||±0.0002||5-axis||Mazak||Variaxis J-500/5X (Machine #1 as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||13.78" X 21.66" X 20.08"||±0.0002||5-axis||Mazak||Variaxis J-500/5X (Machine #2 as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||41.3" X 20" X 20"||±0.0002||4-axis||Mazak||Nexus 510C-II|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||17.72" X 8.27" X 36.69"Capacity - Max Swing: 20.87" - Max Machining Dia: 19.69"Max Bar Work Capacity: 4.0" - Max Machining Length: 33.62"||±0.0002||5-axis||Mazak||Integrex i-100 Bartac-S|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||20.08" X 36.83" X 20.08"||±0.0002||5-axis||Mazak||Variaxis i-600|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||26" X 16" X 20"||±0.0002||3-axis||Hurco||VM10i|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||40" X 20" X 20"||±0.0002||3-axis||Hurco||VM20i|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||50" X 20" X 20"||±0.0002||3-axis||Hurco||VM30i|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||42" X 24" X 24"||±0.0002||3-axis||Hurco||VMX42|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||24" X 20" X 24"||±0.0002||3-axis||Hurco (1/3)||VMX24 (Machine #10 as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||24" X 20" X 24"||±0.0002||3-axis||Hurco (2/3)||VMX24 (Machine #11 as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||24" X 20" X 24"||±0.0002||3-axis||Hurco (3/3)||VMX24 (Machine #12 as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||60" X 25.98" X 24.01"||±0.0002||5-axis||Hurco||VMX60 SRTi|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||26" X 14" X 18"||±0.0002||3-axis||Hurco (1/2)||VM1 (Machine #17 as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||26" X 14" X 18"||±0.0002||3-axis||Hurco (2/2)||VM1 (Machine #19 as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||40" X 18" X 18"||±0.0002||3-axis||Hurco||VM2|
|Turning||CNC Lathe||Bar capacity: 2.6" - Chuck capacity: 8" - Max Swing: 26.6" Max turning diameter: 14.76" - Max turning length: 21.28"||Positioning accuracy: ±0.0002 Repeatability: ±0.0001||3-axis||Mazak||Nexus 200-II MY Quick Turn|
|Turning||CNC Lathe||Bar capacity: 2.0" - Chuck capacity: 8" - Max Swing: 10"Max turning diameter: 12" - Max turning length: 18.8"||Positioning accuracy: ±0.0002 Repeatability: ±0.0001||3-axis||Hurco||TM8 lathe|
|Press Brake||CNC Hydraulic Press Brake||Bed Length: 80" - Stroke: 4"Distance between housings: 60" - Throat: 16"||-||Guifil||PE 20-60|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||42" X 24" X 20"||±.0002||3-axis||OKK||VB53|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||26" X 14" X 18"||±.002||3-axis||Hurco||VMX1|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||26" X 16" X 20"||±.0008||3-axis||Hurco||VM10i|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||40" X 20" X 20"||±.002 (Temporary)||3-axis||Hurco||VM20|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||30" X 20" X 24"||±.00019||3-axis||Hurco||VMX30i|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||30" X 20" X 24"||±.00019||3-axis||Hurco||VMX30i (30)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||30" X 20" X 24"||±.00019||3-axis||Hurco||VMX30i (A)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||30" X 20" X 24"||±.00019||3-axis||Hurco||VMX30i (B)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||42" X 24" X 24"||±.0003||3-axis||Hurco||VMX42|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||84" X 34" X 30"||±.00019||3-axis||Hurco||VMX84i|
|Laser Cutting||CNC Laser||48" X 96"||±.005||3-axis||Mitsubishi||HV-2512HV-20CF2|
|Press Brake||CNC Hydraulic Press Brake||Overall Die Length: 72" - Overall Die Length: 72"Distance Between Housings: 52" - Stroke, adjustable: 8"Open Height: 14" - Closed Height: 6" - Throat Depth: 8"||±.005 @ 6"||-||Accurpress||7606|
|Turning||CNC Lathe||Bar capacity: 2.36" - Chuck capacity: 8" - Max Swing: 18"Max turning diameter: 14" - Max turning length: 40"||±.00018||-||Trak Lathe||TRAK-1845RX|
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Frequently Asked Questions
Are you a broker or a manufacturer?
We are a full service sheet metal and machining manufacturer with four U.S. production facilities across the nation allowing us to deliver your high-quality parts FAST.
Does PROTOTEK manufacture in higher-volume quantities?
We focus on prototypes to low-volume production and can do larger runs. All our parts, from one – to 100 – to 1,000+ are always delivered with production-quality finish.
What are your payment terms?
PROTOTEK offers Net 30 payment terms for established customers with good credit.
What file formats are required or suggested for requesting a quote?
We accept .STP, .DWG, .IGS, .PDF, Parasolid files, and more.
What if I need help with my part design?
Our estimators are on hand to discuss your specific job needs. Our expert team can help you move your project smoothly through the design process and on to delivery.
If I do not have a CAD model, can you quote/fabricate my parts?
Yes, we can work directly from your drawings. Additional engineering charge (NRC) may apply depending on complexity.
How do I submit my NDA and other document requests?
Submit your NDA, Approved Vendor and other document requests to your sales rep or estimator.
How long is a quote valid?
Our quotes stand firm for 7 days from the date of issue.
How fast can I get my order?
Lead time for standard orders is 10 business days. Expediting options are available, including emergency service – down to as fast as 1-2 business days, depending on complexity of work and materials.