PARTS IN  1-3 DAYS

Quick-Turn Prototyping Quotes

We don’t have minimums, we love complex prototyping jobs, we deliver the best parts for your money and we hit your deadlines!

“We are extremely happy with the quality of parts
received as well as the level of service…Thanks!”
–Micah H., VP Product Development

“Finding Prototek by chance was like hitting
the Strategic Sourcing Easy Button.”
Brian H., Senior Designer

“On time and to Spec. To EVERYONE involved
producing quality parts a hearty thanks.”
Jim T., Senior Product Engineer

“Fastest quoting & delivery I’ve ever
experienced, & the parts look great!”
John H., Lead Mechanical Engineer

Amazing companies choose PROTOTEK for high-quality parts done fast!

Licenses, certifications
and real prototyping service

Expertise and quality are paramount. With more than three decades of prototyping experience, we’ve achieved a rich set of certifications and provide high-touch attention and service to every quote – and every job.

We work differently than other services and ask questions to help our customers build better and more cost-effective parts before we start manufacturing. We want to be your one-stop shop for parts so we focus on doing every part, even ones that other companies ‘No Bid’ for complexity. Most of our business is from returning customers and to achieve that, we strive to hit our customers deadlines across all project types.

iso certification intertek

certifications sam

Prototek FAB 40 2020 award

D&B Number Prototek

Prototyping Quotes – Working with PROTOTEK

Deep capabilities in sheet metal and machining – design, prototyping, 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 prototyping job is unique, and many require special considerations for materials, finishing, custom work, and/or urgent delivery – our prototyping 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. That’s why we rarely “No bid” a job – and that’s why we deliver so many prototyping jobs that other shops turn away.

Our prototyping 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

Why Prototek?

PROTOTEK's Capabilities

Sheet Metal

  • 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

Machining

  • Up to 5-Axis Milling
  • Horizontal & Vertical Milling
  • 9-Axis Mill-Turn
  • Turning
  • CNC Routing
  • Surface Grinding
  • Lapping & Polishing
  • Welding / Post-Weld Machining
  • Heli-Coils / Hardware Inserts

Cutting & Engraving

  • Wire EDM Cutting
  • Waterjet Cutting
  • CO2 Laser
  • Fiberoptic

Quality Assurance

  • Quality Engineering Assistance
  • CMM Inspection Services
  • First Article and AQL Inspections
  • Compliance and Document Control

Plastic & Composite Fabrication

  • Plastic Thermoforming - Bending
  • Annealing
  • Cryogenic Deflashing & Deburring
  • Plastic Welding
  • Thermal, Adhesive, & Mechanical Bonding
  • Vapor Polishing
  • Radiological Film-Cutting Services

Assembly

  • Manufacturing Design Assistance
  • Tooling and Fixture Fabrication
  • Electro-Mechanical Services
  • Welded, Mechanical, & Small Parts Assembly
  • Wire Harnessing
  • Laser Cutting – Polymers & Metals
  • Insert Installation

Finishing

  • Powder Coating
  • Painting
  • Chemical Agent Resistant Coating
  • Silk Screening
  • Laser Engraving
  • Chem Film
  • Anodizing
  • Black Oxide
  • Bead Blasting
  • Tumbling

What is Involved with Prototyping?

A prototype is a model form of a product. It’s used as an early, inexpensive sample of a product that assists with testing its features or identifying issues so upgrades can be made to its final version. At PROTOTEK, we make prototypes using either CNC machining or sheet metal fabrication. Each process offers its own unique benefits, but in the end, the specific design and detail of the end prototype will determine the best process to use.

Benefits of Prototyping

  • Collect feedback from stakeholders/partners about the usefulness of the product before public delivery or mass production
  • Reveal areas for development and help identify faults and convenience issues before the public release (which can help decrease extra expenses)
  • Improve team proficiency and coordinate effort
  • Permit the client to interact with a functioning model of their product
  • Help convert a theoretical idea into a fully realized physical product
  • Catch potential costly mistakes before moving into full production

Factors that Can Affect Prototyping Quotes and Costs

When you request a prototyping quote, there are various elements and factors that influence the end prototyping cost. Pricing can vary based on intricate details, materials, finishes and more. For reference, here are a few factors that influence prototyping quotes:

Materials Used: Materials necessary to create a prototype will impact the costs involved. Different materials will have varied costs associated with prototyping. That being said, there may be alternative materials that can be used to create a prototype. So, if the prototype doesn’t necessarily need to be made of a specific material, it’s best to ask what materials may be available to create a prototype.

Types of Materials Considered in Prototyping Quotes Include:

  • Aluminum
  • Bearing Bronze
  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Carbon Steel
  • Copper
  • Phosphor Bronze
  • Silicon Aluminum Bronze
  • Stainless Steel
  • Steel
  • Titanium

Processes Used: Material isn’t the only thing that can affect the cost and quote of your prototype. Based on the processes necessary to create a prototype, the overall prototype quote can vary greatly. The more processes involved, the more your quote may be.

Types of Processes Considered in Prototyping Quotes Include:

  • Milling
  • Turning
  • Routing
  • Surface Grinding
  • Lapping & Polishing
  • Welding / Post-Weld Machining
  • Heli-Coils / Hardware Inserts

Prototype Finishing: Prototype needs can vary greatly. This includes the need of a finish on a prototype. Finishing a prototype can add to the overall cost of a project. If you need a specific texture or color, this adds more work and can increase the overall cost.

Types of Finishes Considered in Prototyping Quotes Include:

  • Powder Coating
  • Painting
  • Chemical Agent Resistant Coating
  • Silk Screening
  • Laser Engraving
  • Chem Film
  • Anodizing
  • Black Oxide
  • Bead Blasting
  • Tumbling

How Complex the Prototype Is: The complexity and overall difficulty to produce the end prototype will definitely affect the overall price of a prototype. Complexity and difficulty can be affected by such details as the number of tools, materials, cuts, finishes and other steps necessary to produce the end product.

How Quickly the Prototype is Needed: Even when the complexity and difficulty of producing a prototype is limited, one thing that can affect prototyping quotes and overall costs is how quickly you need the prototype completed. Longer lead times and turnaround can keep costs down. However, if you need a prototype completed in a shorter time period, this requirement can increase costs.

We ship parts ANYWHERE in the US
in as little as 1-3 days!

We ship parts ANYWHERE in the US in as little as 1-3 days!

We have 4 locations that cover the US

West Coast / Silicon Valley Location
215 Devcon Dr.,
San Jose, CA 95112

Mid West Location
900 Cheyenne Ave.,
Grafton, WI 53024

East Coast Location
244 Burnham Intervale Rd.,
Contoocook, NH 03229

East Coast Location
205 Pine St.,
Hopkinton, NH 03229

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.