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Prototype CNC Machining Services

A primary concern for any manufacturer is verifying the products they bring to market are optimally designed, aesthetically pleasing, and functional. Verify the components or assemblies that your design produces perform as intended with prototyping services from Moon Tool & Die. 


industrial prototyping services

Why prototype? 

A prototype is a sample, model, or release of a product built to validate ideas, gauge client demand, or optimize a manufacturing process. It’s an excellent way to test and explore ideas before committing too many resources. Additional advantages of prototyping include: 

  • Have a physical model of the product
  • Better understand the design intent
  • Obtain early feedback
  • Validation before development
  • Saves time and money

Prototyping offers the ability to have multiple discussions between iterations before getting into final development. This process makes it easier to know what you’re building is what’s needed.

When design changes are necessary, they’re easier to make at the prototype phase than after full-scale production has begun. When prototyping, minimal or zero investment has gone into creating the full product. Changes at this step of the product realization process are easier and cheaper, helping you achieve your goals faster.

From Concept to Reality

Moon Tool & Die is an ISO 9001:2015-certified CNC machine shop offering fast-turnaround industrial prototyping services. Whether it’s concept models for proving ideas to functional prototypes for validation, certification, and use in tests or trials, we have you covered. 

While we can utilize various proven technologies to make prototypes, the two most widely accepted methods are 3D printing and CNC machining. Here are common things we need to get started: 

  • Computer-aided design, or CAD, files 
  • Part specifications 
  • Drawings

We also welcome those with great ideas but no formal plans. Our expert team of engineers, designers, and machinists can work with you to develop a concept and make it ready for full-scale manufacturing. Here are some types of prototyping we handle: 

  • Concept validation
  • Assembly and fit testing
  • Functional and environmental testing
  • Manufacturability testing

The team at Moon Tool & Die has a detailed understanding of material characteristics and how they perform in specific circumstances. Here are materials typically used to make prototypes: 

  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Titanium
  • Stainless steel
  • Tool steel
  • Harden Steel
  • Carbon steel
  • Plastic
  • Cast steel

Ways to prototype

When it comes to making a prototype, there are many different manufacturing options. These include 3D printing and CNC machining, which offer unique benefits.

CNC Machining 

This manufacturing process utilizes computer inputs to control tooling such as drills and lathes. It’s used across many industries for a variety of prototype and end-use parts.

CNC machining is a great way to obtain prototypes that require strength, mechanical stability, and other characteristics. These prototypes are perfect for testing fit, form, and function. 

3D Printing

3D printing is a cost-effective and speedy way to manufacture prototypes for presentations, analysis, and testing. Often called 3D prototyping, it’s an additive manufacturing method where the material is added until a specific shape is formed. 

3D printing is perfect for making mechanical parts, cases, architectural models, props, and consumer products.

High-quality, low-cost prototyping

Whether you need to speed up product development or test an existing design real-world performance, Moon Tool & Die can quickly and affordably create prototypes. With a range of technologies and services, we’re the one-stop-shop for your rapid prototyping needs. 

Contact us for more information about our prototype parts machining capabilities. 

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