Our integrated team provides turnkey prototyping and production services, including machining, metal fabrication, casting, injection molding, and much more. With quality finishing options we make it easy to get the parts you need without casing down multiple vendors.

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Machining

Production Capabilities

With over a hundred 3-axis and a dozen 5­-axis CNC machines along with CNC lathes, wire cut EDM, and sink/plunge EDM machines we can create precisions parts from a wide variety of materials

Materials in stock

  • AL 6061, 7075, 5052, 2014, 2024
  • Steel 4130, 4140, A36, 4330, 01
  • Stainless 303, 304, 316, 410, 416
  • Magnesium
  • Copper C101
  • Brass 260, C360
  • Plastics including ABS, ABS UL94V0, Delrin, Nylon, PTFE, PC, and PMMA

Finishing & Post Process

  • Media blasting, brushing, and polishing
  • Powdercoating
  • Powdercoating
  • Chrome Plating
  • Passivation
  • Vapor deposition (PVD)
  • Laser etching
  • Tapping
  • CMM quality control
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Sheet Metal

Cut, Bend, Weld, and Finish

Our full line of sheet metal prototype and production capabilities include: large format laser cutter, turret punch press, CNC bending, riveting, tapping, and welding.

Stamping

Hydraulic and mechanical presses ranging from 45T to 250T allow us to draw with or without custom tools depending on design.

Materials in stock

  • Aluminum 5052
  • Steel 301 304 303/SGCC, SPCC, SECC, SPHC
  • Many common tube sizes available in AL and steel

Finishing

  • Brushing and Polishing
  • Powdercoating and painting
  • Anodizing, Zinc ­plating, Black oxide, E­Coating, UV Coating
  • Passivation
  • Electroplating (Chroming and others)
  • Graphics application (silkscreening, pad printing, laser etching)
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Vacuum Casting

Production Capabilities

Whether you’re looking for single, multi-cavity, or overmolded part, Firsthand Fab is able to create highly detailed molds in rigid ABS ­like or soft rubber material options.

Materials in stock

  • We carry a wide variety of polyurethane options from which we can create parts that are ABS-like, Rubber-like (A40 – A90 durometers available), crystal clear similar to PMMA or PC, Nylon-Like, or foggy parts with a milky appearance.
  • We also cast silicone parts leveraging hard tools for low durometer parts

Finishing & Post Process

  • A wide variety of textures can be achieved in mold from matte to satin to gloss
  • Color matching is available for most materials
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Injection Molding

Production Capabilities

Looking to produce 10K or 100K plastic parts but only need 1,000 to start? Firsthand is here to help. Our tooling modifications are affordable and our lead times are solid. 

Rapid Tooling

We are able to create high quality and cost-effective rapid tools with short lead times. Firsthand Fab has made and shipped precision molds and parts as large as car bumpers.

Materials in stock

  • Many varieties of ABS, Polystyrene, Polycarbonate, Nylon, and Polypropylene.
  • We can special order most materials for custom applications through our material suppliers in the US and overseas.

Finishing & Post Process

  • Degating  
  • Deflashing  
  • Cleaning  
  • Painting
  • Plating
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3D Printing

Production Capabilities

With various bed sizes available and a variety of materials to choose from our SLA and SLS printers can handle most jobs; however, with our efficient CNC process, you may want to consider machining your plastic parts. Firsthand is always happy to quote both options.

Materials in stock

  • ABS (white)
  • Resin (white and clear)
  • Nylon and Nylon 12 (white or grey)
  • Glass-filled Nylon (30%)

Finishing & Post Process

Depending on material selection many 3D printed parts can be hand finished and painted to match a variety of appearances from matte to gloss in the color of your choosing.

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Appearance Models

Firsthand creates expertly crafted appearance models that really show off your design vision. Combining our wide array of processes and materials, we’re able to achieve very convincing parts with attractive lead times and prices.

Common process

  • CNC plastic and metal parts
  • Vacuum casting
  • Hand-finishing (sanding, brushing, polishing, etc.)
  • Threaded inserts for assembly
  • Painting and texturing
  • Graphics application (silkscreening, pad printing, hydrographics)
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Finishing

With a wide variety of finishing services offered in­-house, Firsthand Fab is able to serve as a one-stop-shop on just about any job. No matter the desired properties or appearance of the coating, the experts at Firsthand Fab can help you get the perfect finish.

Overview

Color Matching – Looking to use a specific color or metallic finish? Send us a sample and using Pantone or R.A.L (European standard) we are able to get it right the first time.

Texture – Want your prototype parts to feel like the real thing? Whether casting or machining our finishing team can make your part look and feel like a production part with mock mold textures and soft touch applications.

Rubber / Elastomer – Need some flexibility? Firsthand Fab has the ability to mold almost any durometer you specify.

Samples – Not sure exactly what finish you’re looking for? Firsthand Fab has samples available by request.

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Select Finishing Options

  • Anodizing
  • Painting
  • E­coating
  • Chrome plating
  • Passivation
  • Zinc plating
  • Black oxide
  • Polishing
  • Media blasting
  • Powder coating
  • UV Coating
  • Electroplating
  • E­Coating
  • Vapor polishing
  • Vapor deposition
  • Silkscreening
  • Pad printing
  • Laser etching

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