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Metal Manufacturing – Working with PROTOTEK
Deep capabilities in sheet metal and machining – design, metal manufacturing, 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 manufacturing 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 manufacturing 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
PROTOTEK AS SEEN ON MANUFACTURING MARVELS®
- 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
Prototek Metal Manufacturing 101
Metal manufacturing represents an overview of many metal fabrication processes. The process of fabricating parts and products out of raw metal materials is known as metal manufacturing. To make the final product, processes can include cutting, welding, machining, forming and assembling. Metal machining often requires multiple processes to be completed in tandem, so it’s helpful to find a metal machining facility that can complete multiple services.
Our Metal Manufacturing Services
Metal machining often requires multiple processes to be completed in tandem. That’s why our metal machining services involve handling multiple processes and requirements simultaneously. Our metal manufacturing services include the following:
Laser Cutting and Punching
Laser cutters cut metal by focusing light energy into a laser beam and supplementing it with gas. The sheet remains fixed when the laser head travels in the X, Y and Z axes, unlike punches. Part numbers and labeling can also be etched with lasers. Laser cutters are more precise and generate a smoother edge than traditional cutters.
Punching is a machining method for scrap metal removal from a raw metal sheet. A punch press is used to squeeze a tool through a sheet of raw metal.
Graining is the process of grinding metal components with a belt grinder to achieve a consistent surface polish.
Drilling, Countersinking and Tapping
Drilling produces a fully cylindrical hole with a smooth interior surface and no heat or mechanical strains on the hole’s surface. Thread tapping generates a tapping that allows for a bolted connection, which is more durable than welding. The sharp edge of a drilled hole is removed during countersinking, allowing for a smoother finish.
Forming and Bending
Forming and bending are cold-working techniques to change the shape of metal. During this metal manufacturing process, metal must be stretched beyond its elastic limit without cracking or splitting.
PEM nuts, standoffs and studs are among the components that can be installed using hardware insertion services as part of the metal manufacturing process.
This is the process of assembling metal components that may have been machined separately.
TIG, MIG, Spot Welding and Weld Grinding
Welding is a metal manufacturing technique where sheets of metal are joined using heat, pressure, or both while they cool. The fastest method is MIG welding, although the results are not as smooth as TIG welding.
Spot welding is a technique for uniting two or more pieces of metal using an electric current to impart pressure and heat to the weld zone.
Weld grinding removes extra weld metal to complete the metal manufacturing process.
Welded Assemblies and Frames
Metal manufacturing can be used to build full welded assemblies and frames.
Metal Manufacturing Materials We Use
Here are the materials available for metal manufacturing:
|Metal Manufacturing Material||Grade / Alloy||Max. Sheet Material Thickness (in)||Heat Treatable||Tensile Strength (Ultimate, PSI)||Fatigue Strength (PSI)||Hardness (Brinell)||Machinability (AISI Rating)||Metal Manufacturing Material||Grade / Alloy||Max. Sheet Material Thickness (in)||Heat Treatable||Tensile Strength (Ultimate, PSI)||Fatigue Strength (PSI)||Hardness (Brinell)||Machinability (AISI Rating)|
Quality Assurance of Our Metal Manufacturing
Quality assurance is an important step of metal manufacturing to ensure your completed projects are safe, reliable, and up to compliance requirements. There are many different quality assurance standards that we follow and abide by as a metal manufacturer. Some of those include:
Quality Engineering Assistance
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.
CMM Inspection Services
Objects for products can be assessed for quality and measured using a CMM (coordinate measuring machine). It ensures precision by measuring an object’s dimensions and properties.
First Article and AQL Inspections
First article inspection is the inspection of a few pieces from the start of the production run. The pieces are chosen at random and examined for any issues. This strategy is meant to prevent continuing production if there are any defects.
AQL stands for ‘Acceptance Quality Limit,’ and it is defined in ISO 2859-1 as the “worst tolerable quality level.” It denotes the maximum number of faulty units that a batch can have before being discarded.
Compliance and Document Control
Compliance and document control are a crucial part of our metal manufacturing operation. Industry compliance and document management practices must be followed to ensure quality operations.
Metal manufacturing has many applications, but it’s important to find a metal manufacturing shop that maintains high quality control standards. That’s why Prototek is the right choice for your metal manufacturing needs. If you’d like to learn more about our metal manufacturing, 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.