McHone: Rapid Metal Prototyping to Full-Scale Production

Round steel tubing featuring a grip pattern design

Sometimes an engineering design fails in the real world because it was mistranslated from theory to reality. To prevent this waste of time and money, your metal fabricator can provide you with rapid metal prototyping to test before production.

Need someone to build a prototype ASAP and then manufacture the real deal? We’ve got the capabilities and the experience.

Rapid Metal Prototyping

Prototypes are useful for design improvement or engineering testing — or as stepping stones to full production.

It’s always more informative to feel a part in your hands as opposed to looking at a drawing or image. You don’t want to end up with junky inventory because it didn’t turn out how you imagined on paper or a computer screen. It’s OK to make changes along the manufacturing process, and an expert partner will only further solidify your odds of success.

There are several ways a quick prototype helps launch a successful full-scale production. You can:

  • Show your customers and superiors a physical model
  • Demonstrate dimensions and look
  • Save time and money by identifying flaws
  • Streamline the production process
  • Create multiple versions with different colors, surface textures and finishing processes

Admittedly, metal prototyping is one of the biggest costs in designing for manufacturing. But an experienced prototyping partner can be quick and economical, with no need to invest in hard tooling. Buyers and engineers often need a physical part quickly to validate a design or to capture a sale.

Plenty of industries can benefit from rapid metal prototyping. A few that come to mind are:

  • Lawn and garden
  • Handle
  • HVAC
  • Solar energy

Prototyping with McHone

Your choice in manufacturer has a lot riding on it. How so? … Only your turnaround time and total costs.

We know which processes produce optimal parts. We can help your team make adjustments based on their knowledge of machinery and process quirks.

Even the most ingenious designs are rarely perfect on the first run. Our quick prototyping identifies issues early in the manufacturing cycle. We offer:

  • Testing
  • Evaluation
  • Feedback
  • Further refinement

This prevents expensive and time-wasting redesign late in the supply chain. Since we’re an all-in-one manufacturer, prototyping with McHone is also the ultimate opportunity to enjoy a one-stop process. We can not only build the prototype, but also develop it into full-scale production, provide the finish and packing, and a whole lot more.

Smooth Your Supply Chain

Have an idea you want to get off the ground and get to the market ASAP? Let us know! We can go over the ins and outs of how your product will turn out.

Then, if you’d like, we can show you all the other processes and services from which your part might benefit. Remember that when it comes to a supply chain, the shorter, the better.