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Prototype parts in brass now available from Proto Labs Firstcut service

15 July 2011

Europe’s product designers can now order short-run prototype parts in brass from Firstcut, a service provided by Proto Labs. Firstcut can provide marine designers with truly functional prototype CNC machined brass parts in just 1-3 days. Customers upload their CAD models to Proto Labs’ secure servers via the website to receive a FirstQuote™: a fully interactive and firm-cost analysis that also contains detailed information for optimising the part design for manufacturing.

As soon as the customer places an order, Firstcut’s proprietary software automatically produces the tool paths required to program the CNC machines. This fast and automated system eliminates non-recurring engineering costs and delays, making it an affordable process for quantities of between one and ten parts. Traditionally, subcontract machining simply cannot deliver one-off parts with such short lead-times and are often prohibitively expensive due to programming and set-up times.
As well as brass, Firstcut works with a variety of other stock materials, including aluminium, plastics such as PVC, and resins like PEEK and Ultem. The machining process can also be used on a wide range of other resins that can be injection moulded, making it ideal for initial testing of parts that will later be produced in much higher volumes.

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