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Metal Shop Services – Working with PROTOTEK
Deep capabilities in sheet metal and machining – design, metal 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 metal shop services 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 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
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
Everything You Need to Know About Metal Shop Services with Prototek
Metal fabrication typically involves multiple processes to achieve a finished product. As a metal shop, we offer multiple services under one roof, making it much easier to complete a customized metal fabrication. Regardless of if you only have an initial design or are ready to start production, our metal shop services can help you.
Our Custom Metal Shop Services
Metal fabrication is very versatile because there are many metal shop services that can be used to meet any number of needs. Our metal shop services include the following:
Laser Cutting and Punching
In laser cutting, the laser beam melts material to cut sheet metal and high-pressure nitrogen blows the molten metal out of the kerf. The laser cutting head is moved over the metal plate in the shape of the required part on a CNC laser cutter, cutting the part out of the plate.
Punching removes scrap metal from a raw metal sheet. A punch press is used to squeeze a tool through a sheet of raw metal.
As a metal shop, we use graining to achieve a consistent surface polish by grinding metal components with a belt grinder.
Drilling, Countersinking and Tapping
Drilling makes a fully cylindrical hole with a smooth interior surface without using heat or mechanical strains on the hole’s surface. Thread tapping is more durable than welding and creates a thread that allows for a bolted connection. Countersinking removes sharp edges from the hole, creating a smoother finish.
Forming and Bending
Our metal forming procedures involve applying force to a sheet of metal to change its geometry rather than removing any material. Bending is a metal forming technique that involves applying a force to a sheet of metal, causing it to bend at an angle and form the required shape.
PEM nuts, standoffs and studs are among the components that can be installed using hardware insertion as part of our metal shop services.
This describes the process of assembling metal components as part of our metal shop services, as well as the end result.
TIG, MIG, Spot Welding and Weld Grinding
Welding is a metal shop service where sheets of metal are joined using heat, pressure, or both while they cool. TIG welding gives the smoothest result, while MIG is fastest.
Spot welding uses an electric current to impart pressure and heat to the weld zone to join two pieces in one spot.
In our metal shop services, weld grinding completes the process of welding by removing extra materials.
Welded Assemblies and Frames
As a metal shop, we can offer full welded assemblies and frames, which can be customized to your needs.
Materials Available with Our Metal Shop Services
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Our Metal Shop Finishing Services
Finishing is an important aspect of metal fabrication, because it can improve durability and help with the aesthetic results. We offer a number of different metal shop finishing services, each of which has different strengths and weaknesses.
With powder coating, the coating is applied as a dry powder using an electrostatic process and then cured with heat as a finishing process.
Painting is a great alternative for metal projects that involve heat-sensitive materials and tasks that don’t require a lot of durability. We can offer more colors with paint than other finishes.
Chemical Agent Resistant Coating
One of the several metal shop finishing services that we offer includes Chemical Agent Resistant Coating, which is a form of paint that is used to protect military vehicles against chemical and biological weapons.
Silk-screening involves using thin polyester mesh and a squeegee or blade to apply paint on a specific area of metal.
Laser engraving can add a design or an identifying mark on a project after completion.
Chem film is a corrosion-resistant chemical conversion coating for aluminum sheet metal.
Anodizing is an electrochemical process where aluminum is immersed in a liquid bath and an electric current is passed through it. This process thickens the oxide layer on the aluminum’s surface.
Black Oxide turns the surface of a ferrous substance black and adds durability by chemically changing it.
We use bead blasting to give a sheet metal project a more consistent finish by firing a round spherical substance against the surface.
Tumble finishing is a method of smoothing and polishing a rough surface on small parts made of sheet metal.
Our metal shop services are a great choice because we can offer a wide range of custom metal fabrication services. Contact us today to learn more about our metal shop services and start your custom project.
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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.