Estes Design & Manufacturing’s CAGE Code is 5U692. We are ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certified.

Providing metal fabrication work for the U.S. Government and its contractors requires a trusted partner equipped with the expertise and technology to meet precise specifications. At Estes Design and Manufacturing, we have extensive design and fabrication capabilities, an expert team with years of experience, and an 85,000-square-foot production facility with state-of-the-art equipment.

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An Experienced Metal Fabricator

Estes Design and Manufacturing, Inc. was founded in Indianapolis in 1976 with the goal of assisting companies with all aspects of product design and manufacturing, from concept through prototyping and design refinement and on to manufacturing of the final product. Estes is ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certified and occupies 85,000 square feet of production space.

Core Competencies for Government & Defense Contractors

CAD Design

11 CAD-capable employees on staff; proficiency in Creo, SOLIDWORKS, Illustrator and Photoshop.


Eight Engineers on staff with degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Computer Integrated Manufacturing Technology, Manufacturing Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering.

Product Development

Department of five full-time specialists, including three engineers, an industrial designer, and a CAD designer. All have extensive experience in design, DFMA, quoting, prototyping, product testing, and advanced manufacturing.


Estes Accelerator specializes in quick-turn prototyping and short-run manufacturing. Personnel has access to all production equipment in addition to dedicated floorspace and equipment consisting of a laser cutter, press brake with automatic tool changing capabilities, and MIG and TIG welding machines.

Value Engineering

Between engineering education and combined hundreds of years of fabricating experience, Estes can evaluate an existing design and offer guidance on improvements to make it easier and more cost-effective to manufacture.

Sheet Metal Fabrication

85,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art production facility with a full suite of sheet metal fabrication capabilities.

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As a Partner to U.S. Contractors, Our Capabilities Include:


  • Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Aluminum

Size Considerations

  • Max material thickness – ¼”
  • Max working envelope (weldments/assemblies) – 8′ in any dimension

Fabrication Capabilities

  • CNC Punching
  • Laser Cutting
  • Deburring
  • Panel Bending
  • Press Brake Forming
  • Hardware Insertion
  • MIG, TIG, robotic and CNC laser welding
  • Assembly
  • Painting, plating, anodizing, screen printing using local subcontractors



332322 (Sheet Metal Work Mfg)

541330 (Engineering Services)

541340 (Drafting Services)

Capabilities Statement

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AS9100D Certification:

Coming in 2024!