Rapid Prototyping


What Is Rapid Prototyping?

Rapid prototyping uses specialized manufacturing methods to produce high-quality physical parts that match 3D models of a new design idea. The physical prototypes are critical for design validation and improvement and production of them begins to identify and develop the overall production manufacturing processed required as the product transitions from the research and development phase in to the full scale serial production phase. These quick and inexpensive physical models are easily produced, without the need for the traditional investment in hard tooling like injection molds and stamping dies. Customers in almost every industry have a need to produce a sample physical part quickly in order to achieve a fully validated design or to get a new idea physically into the hands of their stakeholders.


Advantages of Rapid Prototyping

  • Enable customers and investors to physically hold a model of your product in their hands
  • Demonstrate fit, form and function along with the overall appearance of your product
  • Test the sales market with short run production of your prototypes
  • Identify and reduce design flaws not easily seen in digital 3D modeling environments to save time and money
  • Identify and develop new production process and improve existing ones
  • Create multiple test versions of your product with different features, sizes, surface textures and finishes


At EDM Intelligent Solutions we utilize flexible manufacturing processes to offer a variety of CNC machining services including Wire EDM, Sinker EDM, Micro Milling, Laser Ablation and Precision Grinding. Many of our machining processes even offer 4-Axis machining, 5-Axis machining, and 6-Axis machining capabilities. Our unique mix of non-traditional machining methods like EDM and Laser combined with traditional machining like milling and grinding allow us to meet the various price, precision, and delivery requirements for each individual customer. From development of optimized CNC machining processes, 3D modeling all the way through production, verification and 3D inspection, EDM Intelligent Solutions is your ideal rapid prototyping partner. We pride ourselves on ultra precision, high accuracy manufacturing methods and believe that in combination with our 3D metrology and measurement capabilities, this is what differentiates us from the competition. We are precision problem solvers – providing intelligent solutions to your manufacturing challenges. Whether you are looking to take a basic conceptual CAD model to physical form or are seeking short-run manufacturing, our team is ready to help you find the best solution to produce your prototypes rapidly.


Rapid Prototyping Services Provided (tolerances listed in microns)


Here at EDM Intelligent Solutions, we don’t shy away from small-scale projects common to Rapid CNC Prototyping. As a leading precision CNC machine shop in Illinois, our ability to utilize traditional and innovative machining methods to fabricate your designs in a cost-effective and efficient manner allows us to be both globally competitive and responsive to your unique demands and requirements. A few examples of what we’ve done in the past include:

  • Small-scale & low quantity projects
  • Quantities from 1-50+
  • Batch & production parts
  • Contract Manufacturing
  • On-Demand Manufacturing
  • Prototyping for a multitude of industries
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive
  • Interconnect
  • Medical
  • Telecommunications


EDMIS strives to meet your specific needs. Through strategic sourcing partnerships with a vast array of qualified material suppliers nationwide, we can manufacture your components from the exact materials that you require. Strict quality standards are met by all vendors and material suppliers to EDM Intelligent Solutions to ensure that the components we produce can meet the highest standards commonly required by the Aerospace, Automotive, Communications, Defense, Medical and Scientific industries. With 25 years of experience, we have utilized a vast array of materials in our different manufacturing projects.


Rapid Prototyping Compatible Materials

EDM Intelligent Solutions has completed thousands of Rapid Prototyping projects using a diverse set of materials including those listed below. Don’t see your specific material on the list? Contact us to determine if that material can be cut using one of our many conventional CNC or electrical discharge machining methods and to learn how EDMIS can source that material for you.

  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • Graphite
  • Plastics
  • Performance Plastics
  • LCP
  • Peek
  • Nylon
  • Thermoplastics
  • Thermoset Plastics
  • Highly Engineered Plastics
  • Metals
  • Precision Tool Steels
  • Titanium
  • Copper
  • Exotic Metals
  • Refractory Metals
  • Aluminum
  • Tungsten
  • Molybdenum
  • Tantalum

Competitive Rapid Prototyping Solutions

Over the past 25 years, we’ve completed thousands of Rapid Prototyping projects. What differentiates EDM Intelligent Solutions manufacturing services from the competition is our ability to not only hold micron tolerances but to do so while still offering globally competitive pricing and lead times. Utilizing our vast knowledge of electrical discharge machining, micro milling, laser ablation, and precision grinding techniques with decades of industry experience, we are confident that we can produce your most challenging components to your exact specifications. To learn more about how EDMIS can help you contact our manufacturing team with your request for quote.


Wire EDM Machining

Precision Wire EDM Services for Prototyping & Production

Fine Wire EDM


Sinker EDM Machining

Operator Use EDM Electrod To Make Precision Mold And Die

EDM Hole Drilling

Fine Hole 2

Fine Hole EDM Drilling

Sinker EDM - EDM Department Inc

Micro Milling

Micro Milling - EDM Department

Laser Ablation

Laser Ablation - EDM Department Inc.

Precision Grinding

Precision Grinding Manufacturing Company

Micro Manufacturing

Micro Manufacturing Capabilities