Working on a prototype project can be a long and challenging process.
Since both engineers and manufacturers are building these designs for the first time, most prototypes require a series of iterations to ensure they’re fully functional. Many precision machine shops eschew prototype machining, preferring to manufacture parts that have already been finalized. They don’t want to deal with the uncertainty of the prototyping process, especially if the parts are complex.
But prototyping is one of our specialties at Wagner Machine. Our experienced team provides quick-turn, comprehensive prototype machining services for even the most complex machined parts. In fact, we’re dedicating additional capacity and resources specifically to take on more prototype machining projects.
4 Reasons to Choose Wagner Machine for Prototype Machining
Why choose us for prototype machining? Here are just a few reasons:
1. 40 years of experience
Wagner Machine has been in business for over 40 years, and many of our team members have been with the company for 10-20 years. We have the knowledge and experience to complete your prototypes quickly without ever sacrificing quality.
Leveraging our collective learnings and takeaways from past projects, we can guide you through the prototype process seamlessly and help you avoid the costly and time-consuming mistakes we’ve seen before.
The result? You get a fully functional prototype in as few iterations as possible.
2. Comprehensive capabilities
Wagner Machine provides in-house prototype machining services using specialized equipment and cutting-edge technology for maximum efficiency. We’re a one-stop shop for 5-axis milling, abrasive waterjet, CNC turning, CNC milling, metal 3D printing, Swiss turning, wire EDM, and more.
While other shops may increase your lead time by outsourcing operations to different vendors, we save you time by building your entire prototype in one location. Since we’re not incentivized to sell one service over the other, we recommend the optimal manufacturing approach for your prototype.
If we do need to outsource a service (typically a finishing process like plating or anodizing), we have a trusted network of vendors who work closely with us and can get the job done quickly.
3. Enthusiasm for complex machined parts
Many designers and engineers assume that if a part is too complex, too delicate, or too small, it can’t be made. This misconception is fueled by precision machine shops that tend to avoid intricate designs and no-quote parts with thin walls, deep holes, undercuts, and tiny features.
We take a different approach at Wagner Machine: we encourage you to bring us your most complex prototype designs! We’re fully prepared to tackle your toughest prototype machining challenges. We’ve even been known to recommend features customers thought were out of the question. The best part is that our advanced machining processes allow us to offer complex features without increasing the cost in many cases.
4. DFM support
Some prototypes are never intended to become production parts. For many other projects, a prototype is the first step toward a production run and it is important to consider if a part can be optimized for efficient production manufacturing.
We leverage Design for Manufacturing (DFM) best practices to ensure a seamless transition from prototype to production. We also use what we learn from the prototype process to develop very accurate production pricing.
Our team of experts can help identify potential issues with a prototype design that may cause bigger problems during production. Because we’re committed to delivering a fully functional prototype, as well as cost effective production parts, we’ll provide you with honest and straightforward feedback.
We’re excited to return to our roots and take on more prototype machining projects in the near future. If you’d like to work with us, go ahead and request a quote!