Additional Processes - More Than Just Metal Stamping Services
Prototype & Short-Run Services, Inc. specializes in short-run metal stampings and prototyping. However, we also offer an extended roster of other processes extending beyond metal stamping services, to deliver complete to print parts. These processes go beyond the original design concept and sample creation, into the finishing steps. One of our strengths at Prototype & Short-Run Services is our work in non-destructive testing of new parts, and the Quality Control standards we adhere to. Count on us to create metal stampings and other parts that perform as promised, and to continue working to strengthen all the steps in the process. In the long run, that creates a better product, as well as the best working relationship.
Specialized Processing of Your Short-Run Metal Stampings
At Prototype & Short-Run Services, Inc. we also offer a whole roster of additional processes for the finishing of your short-run metal stampings. Call on Prototype & Short-Run Services to assist with deburring and heat treating, tapping, welding and passivation.
After a piece of metal has been cut or drilled, it develops small, sharp pieces called burrs around its edges. This can affect the overall quality of the part and cause it to snag on other materials. Deburring is a finishing process that uses specialized tools to remove these sharp burrs and create a smooth, clean metal product.
Heat treatment is a manufacturing technique used to alter the hardness and toughness of a material, for any heat treatable metal. Another process, plating, involves surface-covering techniques in which a metal is deposited onto a conductive surface. Plating is most important and effective as a way to inhibit corrosion.
Tapping is a general metalworking operation, typically used for the creation, through cutting, of screw threads into metal stampings and parts. The related process of threading involves the use of a screw and nut pair to convert torque into linear force. Screw threads are used as fasteners between parts and in machines. Threading has two main functions: to convert rotary motion into linear motion and to prevent linear motion without the corresponding rotation.
Welding and Passivation
Prototype & Short-Run Services, Inc. also offers the processes of welding and passivation. The common practice of welding is a fabrication process that joins materials, such as two metals, by melting the workpieces and adding a filler material to form a pool of molten material that cools to becomes a strong joint. Passivation is the process of making a material “passive” in relation to another material. This is sometimes a necessary task to prepare the two materials for use together. Some corrosion inhibitors help in the formation of a passivation layer on the surface of the metals to which they are applied.
Finishing Services to Complement Our Metal Stamping Services
At Prototype & Short-Run Services, we also finish the job with simple, but important, finishing processes such as painting and hardware installation. These additional elements take products to new levels and bring them closer to the marketplace. Some or all of these processes may greatly enhance the success of your next product. Contact us for more information.