Prototype to Production: The Steps Involved

When a client comes into Special Metal Stamping, we talk them through the process of creating their parts. Although the production process varies considerably, based on the parts and how intricate they are, the three main steps remain the same. At all starts with a discussion, then everything moves on through to production. Let’s break down those steps.

Discussing the Product

The very first thing that takes place is a discussion. We meet with the client to get a vision of what they’re looking for. In some cases, they already have a design or a physical part and are just looking for a new manufacturer. They might also want to make some changes to that existing design. Other times, the client just has an idea in mind. When they come in with a general idea, we start off the process with a computerized drawing. The client examines it, and then we make any suggested changes. The overall design process involves working through the steps that need to be taken to stamp and engineer the part as well. It isn’t just a drawing on a page – everything is taken into consideration.

Designing a Prototype

After the drawings and discussions are complete, we design a prototype. This makes the part come to life. The prototype isn’t necessarily the finished product, although in some cases, it is. It all depends on whether or not any final adjustments need to be done to the prototype. We can change anything from the main design to the type of metal used. At this point in the process, we might also adjust the amount of machining that goes into the final result. An overall production plan is developed here as well since we need to know how much time is required to make each ordered part. Either way, the prototype must be approved by the client before we move onto the next steps – production.

Finally, Into Production Mode

The last step of the process involves producing the parts. This is done in a very particular way, as we have a production schedule to meet – the clients, of course. As we produce the parts, they are stamped and then machined as needed. This process involves checking on the finished products to ensure that they match the finalized prototypes. The results are a series of custom parts made from the required type of metal.

As you can see, there’s a lot that goes into creating metal parts at Special Metal Stamping. Do you want to see what we can create for you?