Process: Prototyping


Prototyping is a process in which a supplier helps an engineering firm to manufacture an example of a newly engineered product or component. The component is manufactured in order to try to find ways to improve it before it goes into massproduction or an application.

Fabricators that do prototyping are normally good at making quick changes to their production and they should provide feedback during the process. The far most common changes are for economical reasons; quicker production usually means better production economics. It is also common that weaknesses are found, and they have to be corrected to ensure that the component will work as intended or to increase its lifespan.

Prototyping within the fabrication category means that fabrication is the main part of the production, but it usually also includes machining, plastic, rubber and electronics to some degree.

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Prototyping projects for quote

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    This metal spinning company, who spend around £80,000 a year on outsourced fabrication, requires the assistance of a supplier who can manufacture the prototype design of this roller sling assembly, which - if successful - will lead to repeat orders for the chosen supplier. Supplier input as to best method of manufacture is welcomed and delivery is required within 2 weeks of order placement.

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    The manufacture of a selection of stainless steel components is needed, in order to produce a prototype fan assisted heater. Spending over £100,000 a year in the subcontract fabrication sector, this company has an immediate order to place for a small batch needed for a test build, with potential larger quantities needed at the production phase of the project. Good value is an important consideration, along with a high standard of quality. The work itself will involve cutting, folding, bending, rolling, drilling and welding; in addition, there may be scope for the successful vendor to build upon their involvement with the client moving forward.

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    A selection of sheet metal parts are required for a prototype build, on behalf of a company that specialises in industrial machinery solutions and spends over £100,000 a year on bespoke fabrication services. They seek a supplier who can manufacture these designs - including support ribs, flat bars and guards - in an economical manner, with delivery required by the 5th October. This could become ongoing work for the chosen supplier once the project reaches the production phase.

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    The attached set of parts and sub-assemblies, including rails, ribs and spacers, will be used within clothing irons. The client seeks a subcontract supplier who can facilitate a fast turnaround and interested vendors are asked to make contact with the buyer at their earliest convenience. The buyer's £100,000 spend on bespoke fabricated parts means that there may be scope for the chosen supplier to diversify into additional requirements once a relationship has been cultivated.

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    A new line of heating units are being developed, in which the attached outlet assembly and reducer will be utilised. The client spends over £100,000 annually in the subcontract fabrication arena and has an immediate order to place for the associated prototypes of these items for testing purposes. The work itself will involve cutting, welding and rolling of stainless steel. Ongoing production batches will also be made available to the successful supplier, once value and quality have been proven.

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