Hardware Startups

Hardware & Startups FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

 

What Parts Can First Part Make?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   ·Chipsets and Semiconductors

   ·Chassis, brackets, and enclosures

   ·Automotive hardware

   ·CPUs and GPUs

   ·Exterior unibody and housing compartments

   ·Buttons, dials, and haptic sensors

   ·Drives, ports, fans, heat sinks

Unlike software development, the risks and engineering involved in hardware startups and product development can be challenging. Iteration may be limited for startup companies due to budgetary constraints, technological capacity, and competitive timelines.

 

At First Part, we strive to help hardware startups level the playing field. Our low-volume manufacturing services and rapid prototyping solutions are ideal for quick testing, pilot runs, design iteration, and marketing showpieces to investors. Our engineers' expertise from building with hardware startups over the years is available to make critical design evaluation, perform design-for-manufacturability analysis, and exploit opportunities to help you shorten your product development cycles. 

 

Tap into the power of 3D printing to print your first couple component prototypes in as quick as 24 hours, and graduate to CNC machining for high precision low-volume manufacturing. We also offer complimenting in-house finishing services that will help you amplify your parts' cosmetic appearance, textures, and functionality. All our offerings for the hardware and startup industry will help you mitigate investment risks and streamline your supply chain for improved competitive advantage in your target markets. Click here to get in touch with us now and receive your free quote.

· Instant quoting

Our instant and free quoting service can help you truncate wait lines and get your first quote in a matter of hours. Simply upload your design file, and our automated quoting engine will perform a design evaluation and relay pricing as quickly as possible.

· Design-for-manufacturability

First Part conducts a free design-for-manufacturability analysis on your part design to explore opportunities for cost savings, improved functionality, and enhanced performance.

Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Tooling & On-demand Production

Plastic, Metal & Elastomeric Components

Global Delivery in 7 days

Why You Should Work With Us

 

· Low-volume solutions

First Part has flexible production volumes that help startups and hardware companies to spread their budget and deal with financial constraints. With zero minimum order quantities "MOQs," First Part can make 1-1000 parts at competitive rates.

· Quality control and Standards

Reap the benefits of our robust quality systems, ISO 9001:2015, AS9100 certification, and precision measuring components to get only the best parts for your hardware.

   ·Mobile device components

   ·Wireless device modules

   ·Laptop screens and external accessories

   ·Printed circuit boards (PCBs)

   ·Sensors and actuators

   ·Hardware panels and ICUs

   ·Medical devices

   ·Other

What Materials Are Available For Hardware Manufacturing?

 

· CNC Machining

We use 3, 4, and 5-axis CNC machines to carry out turning and milling operations for making complex learning parts with tight tolerances, intricate geometries, and high dimensional accuracy. CNC is widely used in medicine, engineering, and other STEM disciplines to produce low volume units of hands-on parts for in depth learning.

 

· 3D Printing

First Part uses 3D printing to make quick prototypes and complex low-volume (1-100) units of parts and components for all types of hardware parts. With the aid of the design CAD file, 3D printing can print, modify, and produce physical copies of hardware components in 24 hours. Depending on the part, you can choose from stereolithography (SLA) and selective laser sintering (SLS) to use along with a range of material resins.

· Die Casting

Die casting is suitable for the mass production of metal parts like aluminum, zinc, steel, and more. First Part die casting services can achieve complex geometries, tight tolerances, thin walls, and excellent dimensional accuracy. Castings for aerospace can also be finished in a wide array of surface textures.

 

· Aluminum Extrusion

Aluminum extrusion is a production process used to produce aluminum parts by forcing semi-molten aluminum through a shaped opening in a die using hydraulic pressure. The result is an elongated aluminum part with a profile similar to that of the mold.

 

Electro-polishing

Our electro polishing technique is an electrochemical process aimed at polishing, passivating and deburring metal units for a more desirable output.

Vapor Polishing

Vapor polishing involves the application of a chemical to the surface of plastic (generally PC) to change the finish of the plastic to water clear or high gloss.

Nitriding/QPQ Nitriding

is a heat-treatment process that is used to diffuse nitrogen into the surface of a metal to make a case-hardened surface. The process is mostly used when dealing with low-carbon and low-alloy steels.

Nickel Plating/ Electroless

Nickel plating The Nickel plating technique involves the addition of a nickel coat to a plastic or metal by using either an electrolytic method or auto-catalytic chemical technique.

To learn more about our finishing services and custom options, please click here to go to our finishing services page.

You Too Can Trust Us

 

 

· Client base | 500 Companies, 2M+ projects

 

· Cross-Industry Experience | Medical & Dental, Aerospace, Defense, Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Agriculture, Engineering, Robotics, Construction.

 

· Culture and Diversity | 10+ Languages

 

· Experience | 10+ years of active business operations

 

· Reach | Over 25 Countries served

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Get started on your next project by uploading your CAD file and requesting a quote. You will receive a free design guide and job pricing information to maximize your project's efficiency in a matter of hours. Our dedicated customer support will guide you and your team through numerous collaborative communications to help bring your product to life.

 

Contact Us

 

 

First Part is available for collaboration in aerospace design and manufacturing. We invite all clients and value chain players in aircraft, defense, drone systems, and general aerospace to take advantage of our quality manufacturing processes to make functional prototypes, end parts, and high-performance components through our rapid prototyping and on-demand solutions. With over ten years of experience, we offer competitive pricing and quick leadtimes to help you make your products faster and better.

 

Ready to get started? Accelerate your product development timelines, reduce risks, increase flight performance and market success by clicking here to get in touch with us and receive your free design-for-manufacturability (DFM) analysis and instant quote now.

Learn more about our other capabilities  

Sheet Metal

Fabrication

Low-volume

Pruduction

Plastic Injeciton

Molding

· Experience

Tap into the wealth of experience in our engineering teams to help you innovate, prototype, and test as quickly as possible. With over ten years of industrial manufacturing for electronics, semiconductors, chipsets, robotics, automotive, energy, and medical components, our multisector and multidisciplinary knowledge will come to the fore in improving your part design and functionality.

Chrome Plating

Chrome plating is a specialized technique of plating that electroplates a thin layer of chromium onto a metal object. The electroplated chromed layer can serve decorative purposes or provide other functional value such as increased corrosion resistance, ease of cleaning and surface hardness.

We can make an array of hardware components that will serve as either part of a more significant project or the main project itself. Our material options allow us to fabricate parts for:

What Technologies Do You Use To Make Hardware Components?

 

· Polyurethane Casting

Polyurethane vacuum casting is suitable for making quick prototypes and low-volume parts with silicone for functional testing and final production. Vacuum casted parts have excellent cosmetic finish and low tooling costs.

What Finishing Options Are Available To Finish My Parts?

 

Painting

Manufactured parts may be masked and spray-painted to any color with top-grade automotive paints after sanding and polishing have been carried out to smoothen their surfaces. Painting is one of the best ways to beautify a part and is very flexible for creating different textures. From satin to matte, semi-gloss, gloss, textured, or custom mixes, we can help you deliver or replicate any color and finish in a range of tint, shade, or hues. All painting operations are carried out in our dust-free, weather-controlled bake and spray rooms.

Accelerate Hardware Development, Mitigate Risks & Build An Agile Supply Chain

· Rapid tooling

First Part uses 3D printing and CNC machining with low tooling costs to make functional prototypes and direct end parts integral to your hardware components. Away from digital production services, we can use aluminum and CNC machining to make low-cost tooling for other medium-volume techniques like die casting and injection molding.

   ·Natural and synthetic rubber

   ·Elastomers

   ·Thermoplastics

   ·Aluminum

   ·Titanium

   ·Brass

   ·Nickel

   ·Zinc

   ·Silver

   ·Chrome-cobalt

   ·Copper

   ·Stainless steel

   ·Inconel

Tin Plated 

Tin-plating can be applied to a wide array of base metals. From steel to iron and copper, many metals can be coated with a thin layer of tin. Tin-plating enhances the appearance of these materials and promotes their suitability for certain applications. This process can also deliver an improvement in performance and durability.

· Speed

We offer a myriad of finishing solutions to convey the much-needed beauty and aesthetics seen in premium consumer electronic parts. Our finishing solutions will increase user acceptance scores and drive variety in your product lines, making sure there is something for every customer. From anodizing to polishing, coating, texturing, media blasting, and unibody finishes, First Part is a one-stop-shop.

· Sheet metal fabrication

We use laser cutting, sheet metal forming operations like bending, pressing, and more to make quality enclosures, brackets, and enclosures for hardware parts and components that require lightweight and high precision.

· Injection Molding

A high-volume thermoplastic part production method used in making all functional and aesthetic components. Injection molding involves tooling and is used for mass production when final design and prototypes have been made. First Part offers a wide range of thermoplastic materials to engage our injection molding service. We also over-mold and insert mold parts over plastic, rubber, and other materials to make composite parts that require different portions to be made from different materials for improved functionality.