A quick Google search will pull dozens of prototyping companies for you to choose from, but prototyping companies don’t come one-size-fits-all.
Unless you are making minor changes to an existing product it is usually necessary to prototype a new design. Prototyping your future product helps to identify and formulate your design process and saves you time in the long run. But it can be daunting to know where to start.
Most manufacturers have production machinery that is unsuited for making prototypes, and trying to run prototypes through the business can be disruptive and costly. For these reasons many engineers turn to outsourcing, which begs the question of who to trust with assisting in your product development.
Without placing numerous test orders to “try out” the prototyping services offered by different companies, you can find the best prototype company for your unique needs by evaluating a few key criteria.
Look for a prototyping company that provides quality assurance by keeping diligent records and documentation of their manufacturing process, showing that your product has been properly made from the correct materials.
Ensure the company you choose for product prototyping has invested in top of the line prototyping technology. From CNC machining to laser cutting and stamping, a reliable manufacturing company will be on top of the latest technology in the industry.
Finally, look for a company that has the experience and certifications to back up the technology—in other words, you want to find a company who not only talks the talk, but knows how to walk the walk.
Monti Inc.’s laser programmers, operators, and technicians have over 80 years of combined prototype manufacturing experience. With laser operators and technicians that know the machines inside and out, we run the machines, make adjustments, and fix most mechanical issues on the spot.
We are serious about providing the very best in prototyping manufacturing and pride ourselves on the latest technology in equipment for high precision laser cutting, CNC machining, stamping, and fabrication work.
It’s critical to not waste time when you have deadlines to meet. Be sure to ask about lead times—a good prototyping company will work quickly to turn around your fabricated product design.
At Monti Incorporated, we understand that you need vendors you can count on. Our talented team of 200+ employees will take on your product development project with safety, quality, and a sense of urgency all at top of mind—ensuring your deadlines are met so you can focus on innovating.
Not all prototyping companies offer both prototyping services and production services. If a prototyping company does not have the capacity for mass production, you will need to evaluate if they are the right fit for you. If you have plans to scale, the right company will have the capability to deliver beyond the prototyping phase.
At Monti Inc, once a sample is produced we will discuss how it can be improved or ship the prototype to the customer so that they can start manufacturing. If this is not practical, we will quote on running production, ramping up from low production on CNC machines to high production on stamping presses or specialized robotic machines. We don’t have any quantity requirements, giving customers the flexibility to move from concept to initial production if they please.
We are happy to run a one-off piece or thousands of parts…no quantity is too small. Once your product takes off, we have the ability to build hand transfer and progressive dies to help cut your costs so you are cost-effective and competitive in the marketplace. We are then able to stamp your parts in-house on our array of stamping presses ranging from 60 Tons to 440 Tons!
Our business is based on our ability to supply our customers with a single part or running high production parts and assemblies in materials from metals to plastics. This array of capabilities makes Monti Inc. an excellent choice to develop prototypes, and helps reduce the vendor base for our customers.
There is often a level of collaboration required between the customer and the prototyping company, therefore, it’s imperative to seek a company that listens to your unique needs and takes the time to understand your industry.
Things often change in the prototyping process, and good customer service means quickly adapting to new and unusual requests, consulting, and going above and beyond to make sure your prototype is a success.
Monti Inc. is proudly family owned and operated. We consider our employees our biggest asset. We believe in fostering mutually beneficial long-term relationships with suppliers, customers, and employees, and we are committed to providing our customers the best in quality and customer service. When contracting Monti Inc. to manufacture your prototype, you can speak with an experienced engineer who can discuss your prototype design and the different parameters that are important to you.
Partnering with a Reliable Prototyping Company
A great prototype is the first step to a successful product launch, and partnering with the right prototype company for the job is critical. When evaluating your options, focus your attention on the potential company’s quality, efficiency, scalability, and customer service. These key criteria will help reveal the best prototyping company for your project—one that is knowledgeable in methods of manufacturing, using all types of materials, able to communicate intelligently with your design staff, able to produce the prototype in a timely manner, and at a price that is acceptable.
Monti Inc. is ready to execute your prototype order with the utmost care, precision, and speed. Call us today at (513) 761-7775 or easily request a quote online.