About Us

The prototype house and short run production facility we always wanted.

Our Story

After nearly two decades in the industry and endless frustration with typical model shops and low volume manufacturers, a few professional product designers and engineers decided to build the shop they’d always wished for and Firsthand Fab was born.

The founders set out to create a one stop mode shop and short run production solution that was more aligned with modern product development cycles; and that meant developing an organization that had not only the right mix of skills but could handle requests that ranged from just a couple of parts to a couple thousand parts ­ all at a fair price.

With a willingness to try new things and meticulous attention to detail, Firsthand Fab is a true partner to their clients and is committed to building long term relationships through a highly collaborative working styles and clear communication. Firsthand is the better way to make better things.

Why We’re Different

When partnering with Firsthand Fab, you get the simplicity of multiple services from a single vendor and the ability to scale from a single prototype to dozens of pre­production parts to thousands of finished units.

With a globally distributed infrastructure, Firsthand Fab offers superior client service, serious scalability, and optimized pricing all with the convenience of interfacing with a company founded in the USA.

Firsthand Fab builds lasting relationships based on clear communication and a collaborative working style. Clients also appreciate specialty services Firsthand provides like machining unique materials (magnesium, brass, and copper), casting silicon parts, cost effective EDM, deep drawing, laser etching, just to name a few.

Who We Serve

Firsthand serves product designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, and business owners across a wide variety of industries including automotive, consumer electronics, medical equipment, lighting, appliances, home goods, and more.

Because it was founded by a team of product designers and engineers, Firsthand Fab bridges the gap between design thinking and manufacturing. The team at Firsthand recognize product developer needs, understand the product development cycle, and appreciate the value of prototyping and low volume production as a critical tool from initial idea to full scale manufacturing.

Working collaboratively with clients in an array of industries, Firsthand has developed techniques to accommodate just about any ask. From start to finish, the team at Firsthand aims to make the process smooth and simple while providing impressive speeds and competitive pricing.