Industrial Prototyping Services

Archer Engineering provides industrial prototyping and rapid prototyping services to client across the United States. Our machining capabilities consist of turning, threading, drilling, milling and welding and sizes ranging in 1/4" to 4" diameters. When custom-made parts are required, but quantities are not sufficient for regular production, or when a customer is trying to accomplish different design results, industrial prototyping services are used.

In order to test ideas, prototypes of parts will be made and used. To accomplish a desired prototype or enhance an existing product, some changes might be applied. The changes included changing lengths, thread pitches, size and material.  A few examples of part changes include improving the life of a part by upgrading material and heat treating, limit loss due to corrosion by changing material, improve the parts capacity by increasing its size and increasing the rate of travel by changing thread pitch or changing the thread lead.

Whether the changes are major or minor rapidly producing the part will be done after prototypes have been tested and proven. Rapid prototyping will be accomplished by expediting every step of the processes of manufacturing.  Since every customer requirement is different an exact time for every prototype project will vary. Factors such as availability of material, current workloads and needed outside sources will determine Rapid prototyping time.

Prototyping Materials

Any material can be used when making a prototype. First, our team works with you to establish the part requirements and the intended application of the product. Important features to consider include strength, weight or corrosion resistance needed for the intended application.

Material Type Alloy/Grade Applications
Carbon Steel Alloys AISI 1018 High volume screw machine parts, shafts, spindles, pins, rods, and sprocket assemblies
Carbon Steel Alloys AISI 1215 High volume screw machine parts
Carbon Steel Alloys AISI 1117 Good for bending and most deforming
Medium Steel Alloys AISI 1045 Used for gears, shafts, axles, bolts sand studs
Medium Steel Alloys AISI 1144 All industrial applications requirement increased wear resistance and strength. Uses include gears, shafts, bolts, studs, and connecting rods
Alloy Steel AISI 4140 Gear, shafts, spindles, fixtures, jigs and collars
Alloy Steel AISI 4340 Gears and shafts for automotive industry and structural components and landing gear for the aircraft industry
Alloy Steel AISI 8640 Aircraft parts, gears, screws, axles, and hand tools
Stainless Steel 302 Electronic, transportation, medical and aerospace components
Stainless Steel 303 Electronic, transportation, medical and aerospace components
Stainless Steel 304 Threaded fasteners, Spring, components for food processing equipment
Stainless Steel 316 Pings, screws, and fasteners
Heat Treatable Stainless Steel 410 Bolts, screws, nuts, and valves. Petrochemical and Oil and Gas industry
Heat Treatable Stainless Steel 416 Gears, bolts, nuts and studs
Heat Treatable Stainless Steel 17-4 PH Gears, fasteners, springs, food processing machinery, chemical processing equipment, aircraft engine parts
High Temperature Stainless Steel 309 Furnace components
High Temperature Stainless Steel 347 Industrial fasteners
Aluminum 2024 Lightweight applications
Aluminum 6061 Aerospace components, fittings, couplings, and valves
Brass 360 Screw machine parts, couplings, bushings, connectors, fittings, electronic components, switches, nuts, bolts, and valve components

Equipment List

  • Lathes convention Warner and Swasey 3, 3A, 4 and 5       
  • Axelson Engine Lathe 
  • Landis threaders  1/4- 4 diameter
  • Milling Machine CNC Mazak VQC 20 – 50
  • Milling Machines conventional  BRIDGEPORT, CINCINNATI, MILWAUKEE

Industry Standards

At Archer Engineering our team specializes in prototyping a variety of products including bolts, nuts, studs, shaft, ping, brushings and more. Our team follows the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), ASTM (American Society of Testing Materials), IFI (Industrial Fastener Institute), ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), and Mil-Std (military standards).