Protomet provides start-to-finish services for its clients. From advanced CAD conceptualization and design to cutting-edge three- to five-axis CNC machining, Protomet does it all. As CNC machining, electro-polishing and anodizing takes place under one roof, Protomet has the unique ability to flow entire kits for its clients – something less than 1% of finishing facilities can do. Protomet’s in-house capabilities translate to improved quality and reduced cost.

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Rapid
Prototyping

Protomet works with its customers and their engineers to develop concepts, then creates 3D printed parts for customer review. After customer review, Protomet immediately creates prototype parts. This step of the process is where design for manufacturing (“value engineering”) comes into play. The ability to impact cost is greatest during rapid prototyping, and this is where Protomet adds unparalleled value for the companies it serves.

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High-Speed

CNC Machining

Protomet employs fully automated, high-end, high-speed, high-precision robotic loading of all machined parts. With the most advanced palletized equipment in the Southeast United States, Protomet is able to maximize spindle run times with all loading and unloading taking place off-line. Protomet also utilizes advanced multi-axis, dual-spindle, dual-turret lathes which adds process efficiency, cost reduction and dramatic quality improvements with the least amount of part transfers and vast reductions in waste.

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LASER

Protomet now provides laser cutting technologies to broaden its offerings. Whenever necessary, Protomet utilizes laser cutting to reduce costs and improve quality for its customers. In some situations, this is the best approach for small or thin parts.

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Welding

Protomet recently expanded its welding capabilities with both TIG and MIG welding offerings.

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Assembly

All assembly takes place in Protomet’s 40,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Electropolishing & Anodizing

Protomet has invested more than $1.5 million in its unique finishing process that delivers one-of-a-kind results for its customers. The electropolishing process provides a premium finish that clients want, while the anodizing process protects the finish of Protomet’s parts. Having all of these processes in a single location – something only Protomet provides – allows the company to flow entire kits, reduces cost and improves product quality.

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Inspection

Protomet has full CMM (Zeiss) capabilities and mistake-proofing takes place at various milestones throughout each of the manufacturing steps. By building quality into every step of the process, and keeping all aspects of production under one roof, Protomet is uniquely positioned to provide “Quality by Design” for its customers.