Rapid Sheet Metal Prototyping

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Let Estes improve your speed to market with our premium rapid sheet metal prototyping services.

Rapid Sheet Metal Prototyping

You needed a prototype – yesterday. You needed 25 components to meet a deadline – last Thursday. But your special order keeps getting bumped.

Estes Express Prototyping can help. Estes turns jobs like these quickly. The dedicated prototype shop is designed to respond to customers’ product development and speed-to-market needs.

Estes Express Prototyping uses state-of-the-art equipment and the latest programming software to reduce product development time. Project managers, with expansive shop floor experience, run the entire operation from design through programming and fabrication.

Do you want access to a team of engineers, designers, and project managers that know how to exceed expectations? Are you tired of capacity issues delaying your prototyping projects? If the answer is yes, then trust Estes’s over 40 years of experience in sheet metal fabrication to put speed back on your side. Request a quote or contact us or in order to learn more about how Estes Express Prototyping will get your product to market quickly.

Estes Design and Manufacturing Prototyping

Rapid Sheet Metal Prototyping Equipment

Prototype equipment includes:

Salvagnini CNC Laser Cutter equipment

Salvagnini CNC Laser Cutter – can cut up to .250” steel, .190” stainless, .190” aluminum

Trumpf TruBend Press Brake

Trumpf CNC Hydraulic Press Brake
– 10’ x 135 tons

MIG and TIG welding

How Could a Prototype Benefit Your Next Project?

No matter where you are in the process and no matter how much experience you have with sheet metal, working with a dedicated prototyping shop is valuable. A prototype gives you a tangible object that you can hold in your hands, inspect and test in the real world. It’s also a chance to see exactly how a part comes together during assembly and catch errors or omissions before final production. Read more about the importance of prototyping.

At Estes Design and Manufacturing, we understand the value of a prototype and have a dedicated prototype shop to help meet our customers’ needs. Matthew Gray is the Prototype Shop Manager at Estes Express Prototyping. He and his team members have worked together for over 10 years on a range of projects, so they can suggest materials and part geometry based on solid experience. What’s more, each new project is managed by a single person who oversees all stages: quoting, design, CAD, CNC programming and fabrication. That reduces miscommunication along the way and keeps your project moving.

Prototyping Team
Rapid Express Prototyping

Rapid Sheet Metal Prototyping Services

Estes Express Prototyping can:

  • Manage the complete product design and development process
  • Produce and refine prototypes from customers’ existing designs
  • Optimize designs for manufacturability and assembly
  • Value engineer products to ensure cost-effective manufacturing
  • Transition products into full production
  • Provide short-run manufacturing for quantities less than 50

Estes can move you to the front of the line to make sure your rapid sheet metal prototype meets its deadline.


Hear directly from our customers how Estes helps with their speed-to-market needs.

“If the Estes Express Prototyping can take our design and make it well, then we can rest assured knowing our prototype can easily be transitioned into production. This is a differentiator for our purchasing team.

We trust Estes to be forthcoming if something is abnormal like if the tolerances are too tight, and it helps us eliminate these problems early in the process. If Estes can’t develop our prototype, then we know there is likely a problem with our initial design.”

Engineer, Food Equipment Manufacturer

“We had struggled to find a supplier who could meet our tight production deadlines, while still upholding the stringent quality requirements that our end customers expect.

Estes Express Prototyping has been able to handle the workload of high-volume OEM parts, as well as small-batch, custom pieces through their prototype shop. We value their attention to detail, responsiveness, and alignment with our company values. 

Principal Engineer, Manufacturing Solutions Provider

“When choosing an outsourced partner, we needed to find a company that could both design the prototype and produce the final product. This way, we would receive the same style of feedback from start to finish.

With Estes Express Prototyping, we found exactly that. They have allowed us to develop prototypes quickly at a price that is very competitive.”

Principal Engineer, Manufacturing Solutions Provider