Prototyping is a process done by manufacturers that do one-offs to engineering businesses.
Prototypes are often complicated and need suppliers which are willing to work with small projects where feedback is important, for example, to make changes to a design.
Depending on its size and design, prototyping can be done by many workshops. Some prototyping projects are small and simple while others are large, complicated and valuable.
Post project to suppliers with Machining, Prototyping capabilities
A manufacturer of material handling equipment, who spends a massive £1million a year on outsourced machining services, is looking to collaborate with a third party for production of a set of prototype machined parts. These are new designs that will be used within larger sub-assemblies. There will be an ongoing demand for the components in question - the buyer would like to hear from vendors that are able to facilitate long-term supply, with full production due to commence in 2019.
Prototypes of the attached parts are needed for testing purposes, on behalf of a company that outsources over £25,000 worth of machining work every year. They require price breaks from 1 to 6 off across the set, for which they have an immediate order to place. This could spell ongoing work for the chosen supplier, as the buyer will look to order much larger volumes at a later stage of the project.
Outsourcing machining work to the tune of £100,000 a year, this company is a leisure specialist who is looking for a supplier to produce prototype logos on their behalf. These items are to be machined from stainless steel for use upon yachts. As well as the prototypes, the successful vendor will be given an opportunity to assist with the production runs that are scheduled to follow; therefore, this is a chance to win a new long-term customer, as well as the work in question.
Prototypes for pre-production testing are required, on behalf of a company who subcontracts to the MOD and spends on average £70,000 per year on outsourced machining services. Productions runs will follow and are estimated in small batches, over a span of 20 - 25 years, perfect for those looking to gain a long term customer.
Machinists with the capabilities to finish machine free-issue castings are asked to make contact with the buyer - a sports car manufacturer that outsources an impressive £500,000 worth of machining each year - as soon as possible. The components in question are required urgently and therefore, the client is keen to identify third parties with both the capacity and capabilities to facilitate their ongoing manufacture. At this stage, they require quotes for 1 off of each part; in addition, there is scope to develop the relationship and for the successful supplier to lend their services to further machining projects.
Suppliers that have the capacity to produce prototypes of the attached heater block are sought, by a manufacturer of industrial heating equipment whose spend in the subcontract machining arena exceeds £100,000 every year. The client has advised that they require delivery by the end of December, making it a great opportunity to fill short-term capacity. This enquiry may also lead to repeat work from the client, meaning it may be especially well-suited to suppliers who are looking to increase their customer base.
The attached rotor hub will be used as part of a submarine propeller and the client is looking for a machining supplier that can produce the initial prototype for testing purposes. The hub itself is to be manufactured from stainless steel, with delivery required by the end of the month. Once the project moves into the production phase, larger quantities of this item will be needed. The buyer outsources machining work to the tune of £100,000 annually and therefore, additional requirements may be extended to the successful supplier once a relationship has been established.
A prototype breaker plate is required for manufacture, in order to undergo testing for use within consumer products. The company behind this enquiry is looking to work with a supplier that can offer delivery in early December, meaning that may be ideal for those with immediate capacity. Once the project reaches the production phase, the successful vendor may also be given the opportunity to quote for larger call-offs.
A prototype of the attached cone is to be machined from solid aluminium, destined for end use within scientific equipment. The client is a company that spends a sizeable £75,000 a year on outsourced machining processes. They request that suppliers who can facilitate the manufacture of this part - in accordance with their specifications - make contact with them directly in order to be considered for the opportunity. There is also scope for this to become ongoing work for the chosen vendor once the project reaches the production phase.
Suppliers with machining capacity are asked to quote for the manufacture of two different parts, to be used as prototypes. An order will be placed for 5 off of each item at this stage, which are destined for end use within fire safety equipment. Those that are able to assist are asked to quote their best price and lead time in order to be considered for the work.
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