Prototype Development in Raleigh/Durham NC

At Ideal Prototypes our Mission is to provide outstanding prototypes in a timely manner utilizing a powerful CAD/CAM software while delivering top quality products.

Our prototype shop specializes in R&D projects, prototypes and small quantity production runs. We have the ability to machine complex plastic or metal parts utilizing a full featured machine shop including several 3-axis machining centers.

  • Typical machining tolerances = +/- 0.002 ” (+/- 0.05mm)
  • Smallest diameter hole = 0.015″ (0.381mm) For most materials
  • Smallest radius inner curve detail = 0.0075″ (0.19mm) For most materials

We specialize in quick turn parts and turnaround time are typically 2 weeks or less depending on the project. We carry many types of plastics in stock including Acetal, Polycarbonate, Ultem, HDPE along with Aluminum, Stainless Steel and Steel. We have over 35 years of experience, click to contact us today.

Prototyping Specialized Manufacturing

Prototyping uses specialized manufacturing methods, such as CNC machines, to create high-quality physical models of a design idea

One of the biggest challenges many of our clients face when creating a new product is demonstrating and explaining their vision to others.

Prototyping is used for engineer testing as the first step within the mass-production process and is an essential step in developing a product is building a functional prototype. It allows the client to not only see and test their product before going to production but test the product to be sure it functions as intended.

Experienced Machining

As a well-established CNC machining company, Ideal Prototypes is a provider of prototypes for industries that include automotive, telecom, aerospace, medical, consumer products, oil/gas/water and robotics. We can not only create a product that’s machined to your exact specification, but we can also come up with refinements and improvements that could make your initial prototype idea even better. If you need a particular part or have a design concept that needs transforming into a high-quality representation, we have the capacity and expertise to get the job done. We take great pride in the parts we machine using Siemens NX to create our tool paths for our CNC milling machines to precisely cut your model out of a variety of materials.


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