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Metal Fabrication Services – Working with PROTOTEK
Deep capabilities in sheet metal and machining – design, metal fabrication, 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 metal fabrication 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 metal fabrication 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
Metal Fabrication Services We Support
Prototek offers metal fabrication services that can accommodate just about any project. We can alter the shape, size, complexity and other aspects of metal to create a one-of-a-kind, custom product using several metal fabrication processes and machines. Our metal fabrication services cater to a wide range of industries, including but not limited to aerospace, construction, automotive, HVAC, consumer products, robotics, electronics and the energy industry. The metal fabrication services we offer include the following:
Laser cutting involves laser diodes diffused through optical fibers. Through this process, cuts can be made into the desired material.
Punching is a metal fabrication procedure that produces a hole in a metal workpiece so that when a punch penetrates the punching die, a scrap slug gets retrieved from the metal workpiece.
Material graining is the method of obtaining a consistent, clean finish on various metal surfaces.
Drilling, Countersinking and Tapping
Drilling creates higher-quality holes that can be used in thicker materials. Thread-tapping and countersinking are frequently done after that. Thread tapping creates threads inside the drilled hole, allowing for the eventual creation of a bolted link. Countersinking a drilled hole removes the sharp edge and creates a bevel as well as a recess (deep bevel) for a blind bolt head.
While cutting removes material from a sheet of metal, forming reconfigures it into the required shape. Furthermore, forming includes operations like bending, which can get done by hand or using equipment like press brakes.
To have hardware parts placed precisely, securely and quickly, hardware insertion is a necessary metal fabrication service. Hardware insertion uses existing holes generated by high-precision tools such as a laser cutter or a waterjet cutter, which improves fastener placement accuracy.
Our mechanical assembly covers a wide range of component assembly and integration methods, from simple mechanical assemblies of produced sheet metal parts to specialized electro-mechanical assemblies with many materials to cater to custom metal fabrication needs.
TIG, MIG, Spot Welding and Weld Grinding
Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding is a type of welding that uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode to generate the welding arc. On stainless steel parts, lean gauge mild steel and non-ferrous metals, TIG welding is commonly employed.
Conversely, MIG welding is an arc welding process in which a constant feed of solid wire electrodes gets fed at a steady rate through a welding gun and into the welding pool. MIG welding can get applied to various materials, including mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum.
Spot Welding, on the other hand, links two or more metal sheets by adding pressure and heat to the weld zone using an electric current.
Welded Assemblies and Frames
Our metal fabrication services integrate machined parts, formed parts and welding procedures to construct assemblies and frames using advanced production equipment and capabilities.
Assembly Services Supported
As an established metal fabricator, we support a wide array of assembly services to accommodate custom metal fabrication requirements. Here are the common assembly services we offer:
Manufacturing Design Assistance
Before tackling your custom metal fabrication job, we assess several factors, including the product’s purpose, requisite product strength, quantity requirements, industry standards, necessary material quality and other pertinent variables. We want to make sure your design ensures the product we produce for you will be of the highest quality possible.
Tooling and Fixture Fabrication
A part is only as good as the tooling and fixturing that fabricates it. That’s why we use some of the best tooling and machines around. We have substantial sheet metal model-making experience and know what tools and machines are right for which jobs.
Welded, Mechanical & Small Parts Assembly
We often use mechanical components (such as bolts or rivets) or welding (such as spot welding or arc welding) to assemble custom-fabricated pieces into subassemblies and chassis. We can also handle small parts assembly leveraging several different metal fabrication processes.
Wire harnessing in electrical devices and equipment is crucial to delivering electric signals and electrical power through wires and cables. If your metal fabrication project required wire harnessing, we have the expertise and services to get your job done.
Laser Cutting – Polymers & Metals
We offer laser cutting for both polymer and metal materials. Polymers and metals are suitable for laser processing because they respond particularly well in the ultraviolet portion of the light spectrum, making them ideal for laser micromachining multi-layered materials. Laser micromachining is based on the material’s photodecomposition. This basis results in a clean, non-contact process with no heat-affected zones or material degradation.
We can add threaded metal inserts into parts to create threads for screws and bolts. This helps us tackle more complex metal fabrication projects.
Metal Fabrication Materials Supported
Here are the materials we support with our metal fabrication services:
|Metal Fabrication Material||Grade / Alloy||Max. Sheet Material Thickness (in)||Heat Treatable||Tensile Strength (Ultimate, PSI)||Fatigue Strength (PSI)||Hardness (Brinell)||Machinability (AISI Rating)||Metal Fabrication Material||Grade / Alloy||Max. Sheet Material Thickness (in)||Heat Treatable||Tensile Strength (Ultimate, PSI)||Fatigue Strength (PSI)||Hardness (Brinell)||Machinability (AISI Rating)|
Metal fabrication services can be used to create a vast array of parts and projects. To learn more about our metal fabrication services, contact us today.
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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.