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Rapid CNC – Working with PROTOTEK
Deep capabilities in sheet metal and machining – design, rapid CNC machining, 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 CNC job is unique, and many require special considerations for materials, finishing, custom work and/or urgent delivery – our rapid CNC 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 rapid CNC jobs that other shops turn away.
Our rapid CNC 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
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
- Laser Sintering
- Multi Jet Fusion
- Digital Light Processing
- Fused Filament Fabrication
- Material Jetting
- Cast Urethane
What is Rapid CNC?
When it comes to designing and manufacturing a product or part, many companies find themselves faced with the difficult choice between creating a high-quality product or going to market quickly. Fortunately, rapid CNC machining is giving manufacturers the best of both worlds. Rapid prototyping was originally developed in the 1980’s, but the invention of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining has since revolutionized this method and uncovered a way for companies to quickly iterate on prototypes and create a high-quality final product in record time. CNC machining uses computers to remove excess material to create a desired shape, making it much faster than non-computerized machining processes that must be controlled manually.
Rapid machining is the creation of parts and prototypes with a heavy emphasis on expediting the manufacturing process. This can be accomplished in many ways but is often achieved with the help of CNC machining. In fact, the two strategies are often combined into “rapid CNC,” which is frequently used to create prototypes faster and expedite time-to-market.
Benefits of Rapid CNC Machining
Rapid CNC has many benefits that give companies a competitive advantage. These include:
- Reducing the time it takes to go from a product design to a finished part
- Iterating prototypes quickly
- Ability to quickly test multiple versions of a prototype
- No minimum quantity
- Ability to make small changes accurately
- Relatively high quality for the cost
- Ability to use a wide range of materials
How to Determine if Your Project Needs Rapid CNC Services
Rapid CNC machining works well for a broad variety of projects and is used across many industries, but there are a few factors to keep in mind when deciding if it’s right for you. Rapid machining is most frequently used for prototyping. Because it prioritizes speed over other factors, it may not be ideal for highly detailed parts or products. Very large or heavy projects, such as parts used in the automotive or agricultural industries, may present challenges. CNC machining is a great solution for projects and prototypes that may require multiple iterations to be completed quickly at relatively high quality and low cost.
Standard Rapid CNC Methodology
There is a commonly followed methodology for designing parts with CNC machining. Traditionally, the “features” of the part are defined, and these features and tolerances are matched to a collection of processes that can produce the necessary geometry to the stated accuracy. It typically follows a series of plans to maximize feeds and speeds while still building repeatable setups that can be compensated for by economies of scale. CNC machining, unlike other rapid prototyping methods, is a subtractive operation, which means it can only extract material from the part’s periphery. Only rotations around one axis are used for stock material orientations during processing to simplify the problem from both a process and fixture planning standpoint. This not only alleviates the issues associated with process preparation, but it contributes to the approach’s collision-free operation.
Rapid CNC Machining Materials and Material Characteristics
Rapid CNC works with a wide variety of materials. The best option will depend on the requirements of your specific project. We have various materials in house and in stock which allows us to cut delivery times and keep a rapid pace. Materials include:
|Rapid CNC Materials||Grade / Alloy||Heat Treatable||Tensile Strength (Ultimate, PSI)||Fatigue Strength (PSI)||Hardness (Brinell)||Rapid CNC Machinability (AISI Rating)||Rapid CNC Materials||Grade / Alloy||Heat Treatable||Tensile Strength (Ultimate, PSI)||Fatigue Strength (PSI)||Hardness (Brinell)||Rapid CNC Machinability (AISI Rating)|
|Brass||C46400||No||55000 - 88000||14500||82||30%|
|Silicon Aluminum Bronze||C64200||No||75000-102000||50000||N/A||60%|
Most materials can be used in machining as long as they are durable enough to withstand the process, which will come down to chemical and temperature resistance hardness, tensile strength, and shear strength.
Rapid CNC Machining Processes
Milling – Computerized controls direct multi-point cutting implements as they cut and shape the workpiece. Face milling results in shallow, flat slices, while peripheral milling results in slots and threads. These processes establish the precise link points that allow fasteners to fit together exactly as they should. There are a few different types of milling available, but when it comes to rapid CNC, horizontal milling is a common process.
Turning – In turning, material is removed from a spinning workpiece to create more consistent threads on cylindrical parts like screws and bolts as an alternative to human-operated lathe operations. Other geometric features, such as slots and tapers, can be produced by CNC turning machines through boring, facing, and grooving operations.
Routing – Primarily used to cut softer materials like plastics, acrylics and certain softer metals.
Surface Grinding – Using a revolving grinding wheel and cutting to remove material from a metallic workpiece. Grinding machines are mostly used for machining workpieces to a high degree of hardness and fineness. Because of the high surface quality that can be obtained, grinding machines are almost exclusively used as a finishing process in modern industry.
Lapping & Polishing – Lapping and polishing is a technique for precisely removing material from a workpiece to achieve a desired dimension, finish, or form. Lapping and polishing can be applied to a wide range of materials and applications, ranging from metals, glasses, optics, semiconductors and ceramics.
Welding & Post-Weld – Welding is a fabrication method for joining materials, typically metals or thermoplastics, by melting them together and allowing them to cool, resulting in fusion. After that, post-welding is used to reduce residual stresses, manage stiffness, and even improve material strength.
Heli-Coils & Hardware Inserts – CNC is also commonly used to create Heli-Coils (wire thread inserts that are incorporated in softer metallic materials to give them steel-like thread performance) and other hardware inserts because of its ability to create strong inserts quickly.
Painting and Plating – painting and plating are two finishing processes that help provide a more finished look to a CNC machined part. PROTOTEK has in-house painting and plating services which allow us to turn around parts in a short amount of time and keep our rapid CNC pace for even projects that require finishing.
Rapid CNC Machining Machines, Part Sizes and Precision Tolerances
Here is the list of machines we leverage to tackle various rapid CNC machining projects:
|Machine Type||Machining Method||XYZ Machining Limits||Precision / Repeatability (in.)||Axis||Brand / Description||Model / Description||Machine Type||Machining Method||XYZ Machining Limits||Precision / Repeatability (in.)||Axis||Brand / Description||Model / Description|
|Milling||CNC Horizontal Mill||20" X 20" X 20"||±0.0002||B-Axis||Daewooo||DHP 4000 High Speed NC-HMC|
|Milling||CNC Horizontal Mill||20" X 20" X 20"||±0.0002||B-Axis||Doosan||HP 4000 High Speed NC-HMC|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||24.4" X 19.7" X 11.8"||±0.00004||3-axis||Sodick (1/2)||High Speed CNC-VMC (Machine # as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||24.4" X 19.7" X 11.8"||±0.00004||3-axis||Sodick (2/2)||High Speed CNC-VMC (Machine # as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||64" X 29" X 24"||±0.00012||4-axis||Doosan||DNM 750 CNC-VMC|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||27.6" X 15.7" X 11.8"||±0.00012||3-axis||Brother (1/4)||TC-S2D-0 CNC-VMC & Tapping Center (Machine # as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||27.6" X 15.7" X 11.8"||±0.00012||3-axis||Brother (2/4)||TC-S2D-0 CNC-VMC & Tapping Center (Machine # as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||27.6" X 15.7" X 11.8"||±0.00012||3-axis||Brother (3/4)||TC-S2D-0 CNC-VMC & Tapping Center (Machine # as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||27.6" X 15.7" X 11.8"||±0.00012||3-axis||Brother (4/4)||TC-S2D-0 CNC-VMC & Tapping Center (Machine # as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||51.5" X 22.5" X 24"||±0.0002||4-axis||Akira Seiki||Performa V5AXP CNC-VMC|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||32" X 20" X 20"||±0.0002||3-axis||Akira Seiki||V3-A Performa CNC-VMC|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||32" X 19" X 20"||±0.0002||3-axis||Akira Seiki||V3 Performa CNC-VMC|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||24" X 18" X 20"||±0.0002||3-axis||Akira Seiki||SV600 CNC-VMC|
|Mill-Turn||CNC Multi-Axis||Bar capacity: 2.6" - Main Spindle Std Chuck: 6"Main Spindle Max Chuck: 8″ - Max turning diameter: 21.25"Max turning length: 40.15"||±0.00008||9-axis||Doosan||Puma MX 2100ST, Multi-Axis, Multi-Tasking CNC Turning Center|
|Mill-Turn||CNC Multi-Axis||Bar capacity: 2.6" - Chuck capacity: 8" - Swing: 9.1"Max turning diameter 9" - Max turning length: 27.4"||X & Z-axis: ±0.00008Y-axis: ±0.00012C-axis: ±0.006°||8-axis||Doosan||Puma TT1800SY, Multi-Axis CNC Turning Center|
|Mill-Turn||CNC Multi-Axis||Bar Capacity: 2.6" - Chuck capacity: 8" - Swing: 21.6"Max turning diameter: 13" - Max turning length: 20.1"||X & Z-axis: ±0.00008Y-axis: ±0.00012C-axis: ±0.006°||Y-Axis||Daewooo||Puma 2000Y, High Performance Turning Center with Y-axis|
|Turning||CNC Lathe||Bar capacity: 2" - Chuck capacity: 6.5" - Swing: 20"Max turning diameter: 9.8" - Max turning length: 20"||X & Z-axis: ±0.00008C-axis: ±0.006°||Daewooo||Lynx 220LM, High Performance Mill-Drill Turning Center|
|Router||CNC Router||110" X 53" X 9.8"||±0.002||Anderson||Stratos WFD CNC Router, 2 Spindles|
|Laser Cutting||CNC Laser||48″ X 48″ Cutting Pallet, 12″ Z-Travel||±0.0002||-||Beam Dynamics||LMC-5000 CNC Laser Cutting System|
|Laser Cutting||CNC Laser||X-axis: 120.86" - Y: 61.02" - Z-axis: 3.93" Max Material Thickness: 0.875" (4kW)||±0.0004||5-axis||Amada||FOL 3015 AJ Fiber Laser AJ4000|
|Press Brake||CNC Hydraulic Press Brake||Max Bend Length: 102.4" - Dist. Between Frames (A): 87" Stroke Length: 9.8" - Open Height (no holders): 20.5" Throat Depth: 17.7" - Machine stroke: 9.8" - Table Height: 37.4"||-||Amada||HG 8025|
|Press Brake||CNC Hydraulic Press Brake||Max Bend Length: 126.77" - Stroke Length: 7.87" Movement Range: L-axis: 27.55" - Y-axis: 86.6" - Z-axis: 9.8"||-||Amada||HDS-1303NT|
|Press Brake||CNC Hydraulic Press Brake||Max Bend Length: 98.48" - Stroke Length: 5.91"||-||Amada||FBD 8025 NT|
|Press Brake||CNC Hydraulic Press Brake||Max Bend Length: 41.3" - Dist. Between Frames (A): 27.9" Stroke Length: 5.9" - Open Height (with PHL): 16.5"||-||Amada||EG 4010|
|Press Brake||CNC Hydraulic Press Brake||Max Bend Length: 82.08" - Stroke Length: 3.93"||-||Amada||RG-M2 5020|
|Press Brake||CNC Hydraulic Press Brake||Max Bend Length: 94" - Stroke Length: 3.94" Open Height: 14.58" - Closed Height: 7" - Throat Depth: 15.76"||-||Amada||RG-80|
|Press Brake||CNC Hydraulic Press Brake||Max Bend Length: 122" - Max Stroke Length: 5.91" Open Height: 16.5" - Throat Depth: 15.7" Distance between side frames: 106" - Length of Stroke: 5.91"||-||Amada||FBD 1253 NT|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||26" X 15" X 4"||±0.005||3-axis||Sharp||LMV|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||26" X 15" X 4"||±0.005||3-axis||Sharp||OMV|
|Milling||CNC Horizontal Mill||22.06" X 26.2" X 26.2"||±0.0002||3-axis||Mazak||Nexus 4000-III Horizontal Center|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||13.78" X 21.66" X 20.08"||±0.0002||5-axis||Mazak||Variaxis J-500/5X (Machine #1 as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||13.78" X 21.66" X 20.08"||±0.0002||5-axis||Mazak||Variaxis J-500/5X (Machine #2 as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||41.3" X 20" X 20"||±0.0002||4-axis||Mazak||Nexus 510C-II|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||17.72" X 8.27" X 36.69"Capacity - Max Swing: 20.87" - Max Machining Dia: 19.69"Max Bar Work Capacity: 4.0" - Max Machining Length: 33.62"||±0.0002||5-axis||Mazak||Integrex i-100 Bartac-S|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||20.08" X 36.83" X 20.08"||±0.0002||5-axis||Mazak||Variaxis i-600|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||26" X 16" X 20"||±0.0002||3-axis||Hurco||VM10i|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||40" X 20" X 20"||±0.0002||3-axis||Hurco||VM20i|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||50" X 20" X 20"||±0.0002||3-axis||Hurco||VM30i|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||42" X 24" X 24"||±0.0002||3-axis||Hurco||VMX42|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||24" X 20" X 24"||±0.0002||3-axis||Hurco (1/3)||VMX24 (Machine #10 as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||24" X 20" X 24"||±0.0002||3-axis||Hurco (2/3)||VMX24 (Machine #11 as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||24" X 20" X 24"||±0.0002||3-axis||Hurco (3/3)||VMX24 (Machine #12 as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||60" X 25.98" X 24.01"||±0.0002||5-axis||Hurco||VMX60 SRTi|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||26" X 14" X 18"||±0.0002||3-axis||Hurco (1/2)||VM1 (Machine #17 as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||26" X 14" X 18"||±0.0002||3-axis||Hurco (2/2)||VM1 (Machine #19 as of 04-21-2021)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||40" X 18" X 18"||±0.0002||3-axis||Hurco||VM2|
|Turning||CNC Lathe||Bar capacity: 2.6" - Chuck capacity: 8" - Max Swing: 26.6" Max turning diameter: 14.76" - Max turning length: 21.28"||Positioning accuracy: ±0.0002 Repeatability: ±0.0001||3-axis||Mazak||Nexus 200-II MY Quick Turn|
|Turning||CNC Lathe||Bar capacity: 2.0" - Chuck capacity: 8" - Max Swing: 10"Max turning diameter: 12" - Max turning length: 18.8"||Positioning accuracy: ±0.0002 Repeatability: ±0.0001||3-axis||Hurco||TM8 lathe|
|Press Brake||CNC Hydraulic Press Brake||Bed Length: 80" - Stroke: 4"Distance between housings: 60" - Throat: 16"||-||Guifil||PE 20-60|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||42" X 24" X 20"||±.0002||3-axis||OKK||VB53|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||26" X 14" X 18"||±.002||3-axis||Hurco||VMX1|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||26" X 16" X 20"||±.0008||3-axis||Hurco||VM10i|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||40" X 20" X 20"||±.002 (Temporary)||3-axis||Hurco||VM20|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||30" X 20" X 24"||±.00019||3-axis||Hurco||VMX30i|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||30" X 20" X 24"||±.00019||3-axis||Hurco||VMX30i (30)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||30" X 20" X 24"||±.00019||3-axis||Hurco||VMX30i (A)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||30" X 20" X 24"||±.00019||3-axis||Hurco||VMX30i (B)|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||42" X 24" X 24"||±.0003||3-axis||Hurco||VMX42|
|Milling||CNC Vertical Mill||84" X 34" X 30"||±.00019||3-axis||Hurco||VMX84i|
|Laser Cutting||CNC Laser||48" X 96"||±.005||3-axis||Mitsubishi||HV-2512HV-20CF2|
|Press Brake||CNC Hydraulic Press Brake||Overall Die Length: 72" - Overall Die Length: 72"Distance Between Housings: 52" - Stroke, adjustable: 8"Open Height: 14" - Closed Height: 6" - Throat Depth: 8"||±.005 @ 6"||-||Accurpress||7606|
|Turning||CNC Lathe||Bar capacity: 2.36" - Chuck capacity: 8" - Max Swing: 18"Max turning diameter: 14" - Max turning length: 40"||±.00018||-||Trak Lathe||TRAK-1845RX|
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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.