About Midwest Prototyping
About The beginning...
Our story began in 2001, and Midwest Prototyping opened its doors with one stereolithography (SL) machine that shared the same space as the founder’s desk. Steve was first exposed to rapid prototyping technology while at the Milwaukee School of Engineering in the early ’90s. He never lost his fascination with this technology. As the technology matured and gained greater acceptance for prototyping and product development, he gathered the confidence to take the plunge and buy his first machine.
Appreciative customers also began asking for additional machining, fabrication, assembly, and show-quality finishing options. Larger orders started coming in, and Midwest Prototyping added a second large frame stereolithography machine to its fleet. As a result, the makings of a full-service prototyping shop were well underway. 2005 brought the acquisition of a local machine shop, and Midwest Prototyping hired a full-time machinist. Along the way, it became clear that Midwest Prototyping was ready for a much larger facility.
By the end of 2006, the company had built a new 18,000 square foot facility with anticipation for future growth. This space allowed development across the business with new CNC machining and rapid prototyping equipment.
In 2008, Midwest Prototyping acquired longtime competitor Manitowoc Prototypes and integrated their equipment and customers. This move added even more capacity for the rapid prototyping division.
In 2012, Midwest Prototyping acquired another building across the road and relocated the CNC machining operations there as the once too big facility was already filling up. Steve quickly backfilled the newly vacated space with more equipment.
Today At Midwest Prototyping
The years have been filled with many more satisfied customers, additional technologies, another acquisition in 2018 of the Tenere rapid prototyping division to our Colorado facility, and a lot of beta testing, research, and development work to ensure that we’re on the cutting edge of this fast-moving industry.
Investing along the way in promising industry startups that are aligned with our goals have positioned us as a provider of unique solutions. Earning our ISO 9001 and AS9100 quality systems registrations has broadened our customer base while focusing our commitment to quality. Today Midwest Prototyping offers 6 distinct 3D printing technologies on over 40 machines with more than 40 materials.
We have firmly established ourselves as a leader in this exciting additive manufacturing industry, whether it’s for prototyping or low volume production.
Give us a call or email to schedule a tour. We are very passionate about our work and enjoy sharing it with everyone. You’ll find our team very knowledgeable and helpful. If you’ve got a question about a project, don’t hesitate to visit our “get a quote” page, shoot us an email, or pick up the phone. You’ll still talk to a human here; that’s a big part of the “Midwest Way.”
To connect great ideas with innovative technologies.
Our Core Values
“The Midwest Way.”
Commitment to Quality
AS9100 D:2016 | ISO 9001:2015 Certified | ITAR Registered
At Midwest Prototyping, quality has been our driving force since day one and continues to be the centerpiece of our operations. To us, that quality is more than simply building parts to the specified dimensions. It means a quality experience for our clients, every step of the way. Our customers are the basis for our quality policy:
“We continually improve to surpass our customers’ requirements and provide better parts faster.”
As we shift from prototyping to production, we recognize the importance of a responsive quality management system. Additive manufacturing presents an uncharted set of challenges. Above all, we’ve sought to maintain standards of operational excellence and continual improvement in every aspect of our organization. That’s why we’ve taken the steps necessary to become the first independent additive manufacturing service bureau to become ISO 9001:2015 certified and have followed that with our AS9100 D:2016 certification for aerospace manufacturing.