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Machining Shop Near Me & Online – Working with PROTOTEK
Deep capabilities in sheet metal and machining – design, machining shop services, 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 job is unique, and many require special considerations for materials, finishing, custom work, and/or urgent delivery – our online machining shop 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 jobs that other shops turn away.
Our machining shop 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
Machining Shops in the Age of the Internet
In its most basic form, a machining shop is a space, structure or organization that does machining (which is a form of subtractive manufacturing). Machinists use machining tools to manufacture parts out of a range of materials in a machine shop. Machine tools get used for manipulating or machining metal or other rigid materials, usually by cutting, drilling, grinding, shearing or other forms of deformation.
Because of the physical nature of the work that machining shops do, there is an expectation that you need to search for “machining shops near me” to find possible services. This isn’t the case anymore. The internet has brought us all together and helped make the world a smaller place. Online services are now available from machining shops to the degree that you no longer need to search for a machine shop “near me”. That’s how Prototek can support customers from just about anywhere.
Machine Shop Project Details Handled Online
People are starting to turn to businesses that can handle machine shop services online (like Prototek). Although the physical machining may be done at a location that’s not near you, you don’t necessarily need to find a “near me” machining shop to complete your job. There are several aspects and components machining shops can handle purely online. Here are a few of those aspects:
With an increasing shift towards online machining, traditional machining project details, such as project specifications and designs, can be communicated via email. You don’t need to find a machining shop near you just to hand over design specifications. We can handle initial project specs via email and online quotes.
As a machining shop, we get asked for quotes online each and every day. Luckily these quotes can be handled online. There’s no need to jump in the truck and travel to a local machining shop to get pricing. We offer online quotes to make the process easier.
The rise of online machine shops has produced excellent efficiency in terms of customer service. Our goal is to streamline communication by leveraging online systems that allow us to communicate more directly and consistently with our customers. There’s no need for in-person interaction for things that can be discussed via email or a phone call.
Types of Machining Shop Services That Can Be Coordinated Online
We offer a variety of machining shop technologies and techniques to fulfill the needs of different customers. Because of our ability to handle initial requests, quotes, and set up online, potential clients no longer need to look for a “machining shop near me.” Here are some of the machining services and subsequent projects that can be coordinated online:
Milling is a method of removing material from a workpiece by advancing a cutter into it with rotary cutters. It’s one of the most common methods for producing custom parts with tight tolerances. Milling can be accomplished with a variety of machine tools.
Turning is a machining method in which a cutting tool, usually a non-rotary tool bit, moves more or less linearly as the workpiece rotates, forming a helix toolpath.
In modern machine shops, the router is a widely used tool. Its primary function is to cut softer materials such as plastic and metals. The spindle travels along three axes – X, Y and Z – and is usually placed on a stationary table with a wider workspace.
Cutting is the process of removing sections from a workpiece using a tool. In general, machining requires two movements: cutting and feeding. Cutting is the movement that removes sections from a workpiece and is usually accomplished by a cutting tool moving in a straight line.
Forming or Bending
Forming or Bending is a metalworking operation that includes mechanically forming metal parts and objects. The workpiece is molded and altered by bending or forming without adding or removing material while maintaining its mass.
Surface grinding is a technique for removing tiny amounts of material from flat and cylindrical surfaces. Surface grinders, in particular, move work from a table to a grinding wheel in a reciprocal motion.
Lapping & Polishing
Lapping and Polishing are machining procedures that involve rubbing two surfaces against each other with an abrasive using a specialized machine. As the abrasive rolls between the two surfaces, removing material from each, microscopic conchoidal fractures form.
Welding / Post-Weld Machining
Welding is a method of joining metal parts by melting them together at high temperatures and then allowing them to cool. There are several different methods of welding, and the best technique will be determined by the material and project at hand.
A HeliCoil is a commonly used hardware insert that is a coiled threaded insert that fits into the part and replaces the original fastener’s threads.
Machining Shop Testimonials
If you’re asking yourself “how can I find a reliable machining shop near me?”, you’ve come to the right place. Read through the various Prototek testimonials and see just how we service businesses in various parts of the country.
“Prototek responded to our challenging set of requirements and timelines… You guys came up big for us, and we appreciate it. Please tell everyone that worked on our project that they knocked it out of the park!” – Engineering, Gainesville, VA
“You guys have always been our go to for complex parts.” – Engineer, Golden, CO
“Prototek has always been a trusted go-to vendor for me.” – Senior Mechanical Engineer, Woburn, MA
“I regularly recommend Prototek for my team.” – Mechanical Engineering Team Lead, Torrance, CA
“We would love to take advantage of your open capacity! You have done quality work for us before.” – Associate Designer, Royal Oak, MI
“Thank you for accommodating our rush job so handily and for hosting me on the inspection of the finished parts. We appreciate your pulling out all the stops to get these parts completed, packaged, and shipped to Palo Alto in time for our installation.” – Studio Director, Brooklyn, NY
“Wanted to thank you again for Prototek’s support during our ventilator push this past couple of weeks. We couldn’t have done what we did without all the hard work from your team… you guys came through for us in a big way.” – Co-Founder/CEO, Sommerville, MA
“Thank you for your quick turnaround on our parts this week. I got the first set of parts in yesterday and they were perfectly to drawing. Prototek won our business for this job thanks to all of your quick responses, expedite capabilities, and competitive prices.” – R&D Project Manager, Woburn, MA
“Last year, we had quick-turn rework done on some heatsinks at your Sunnyvale, CA facility. Were happy with that. We’ll continue to use you for similar work in the future.” – Senior Design Engineer, San Jose, CA
Contact Prototek for a quote today and take the guess work out of finding reliable metal fabrication services near you.
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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.