FAQs

What file formats does Schmit Prototypes accept?

We can accept native SolidWorks (.sldprt) files as well as solid 3D CAD models in IGES (.igs), or STEP (.stp).

How can I transfer files to Schmit Prototypes?

Files can be uploaded here on our website, as well as attached in an email.

Do you provide First Article of Inspection Service?

Yes, Schmit Prototypes can provide a first article for you.

Can Schmit Prototypes make modifications to my existing file?

Yes, if you have a current design that needs some modifications done to it, we can work with you to get that done.

How large of an SLA part can Schmit Prototypes build?

SLA models can be built up to: 25.6″ x 29.5″ x 21.65″ (650mm x 750mm x 550mm). Larger models of virtually any size, can be sectioned and assembled upon completion.

How large of an FDM part can Schmit Prototypes build?

FDM models can be built up to: 36″ x 24″ x 36″ (914mm x 610mm x 914mm). Larger models of virtually any size, can be sectioned and assembled upon completion.

What size SLS part can Schmit Prototypes produce?

SLS models can be built up to: 15″ x 13″ x 18″ (550mm x 550mm x 460mm). Larger models of virtually any size, can be sectioned and assembled upon completion.

What size Polyjet part can Schmit Prototypes 3D Print?

Polyjet models can be built up to: 19.7″ x 15.7″ x 7.9″ (500mm x 400mm x 200mm).

How many parts will a silicone mold produce?

Generally a silicone mold will max out at 25 parts, softer durometer parts such as those on the “shore A” scale will allow for some extra parts; optically clear parts will generally only allow for a maximum of 20 parts from a single silicone mold.

How large of a part can Schmit Prototypes produce via urethane/silicone casting?

We’ve cast parts in excess of 8 feet long, 4 feet wide, and over 500 cubic inches in volume.

Is casting urethane or silicone parts a method of producing production parts?

Yes, many times a customer only requires annual volumes of 100 parts or less. When quantities are that low cast urethane or silicone parts is a great way to fill the order, and will save substantial money when compared to traditional injection molding.

Can I provide my own master pattern for creating the silicone mold?

Yes, however there are some things to keep in mind. Most of the casting materials have a shrink rate, and when we build the master patterns here at Schmit we compensate for the shrink rate for the material that will be used to create the cast parts.

What size part can Schmit Prototypes CNC machine?

Our largest machines have a 40” x 24” travel distance.

What materials will Schmit Prototypes CNC Machine?

We work with most metals and plastics, please contact a project manager for specific materials.

How fast can Schmit Prototypes complete my order?

At Schmit Prototypes the average delivery time for CNC machining can vary greatly depending on workload and/or project requirements. Schmit has been known to ship within 1 day of receiving the order. Consult one of our project managers for more information on delivery/time frame.

Should I choose aluminum or steel for my injection mold?

There are many variables that go into this decision, please contact one of our project managers to discuss the full scope of your project.

What if my part has undercuts?

Schmit Prototypes can build tools with automatic slides, collapsible cores, or manual pick-outs to achieve difficult geometries.

Will Schmit Prototypes store my tool?

Yes, we will keep your tool here for you and only run it when needed, or we can ship it to you as well.

What is injection molding?

Injection molding is a manufacturing process in which plastic material is forced into a mold cavity under pressure. Pelletized resins are fed into the injection molding machine, as well as any colorants required. The resins and colorants are introduced into an injection barrel where they are heated and melted. The material is then forced into the mold cavity where it cools. Once cooled, the part can be removed from the mold cavity.

What is Schmit Prototypes’ injection molding shot size range?

We currently have a shot size range of .152oz – 17oz.

What kind of injection molding machines do you run at Schmit Prototypes?

We currently have mostly Nissei machines with a couple Nestal machines as well.

What is the typical turnaround for injection molded parts?

Lead times for injection molded parts is dependent upon our workload at the time, as well as various factors such as part geometry and quantity needed. Schmit Prototypes has been known to turn parts around within 2 weeks of an order being placed.

Does Schmit Prototypes have any size restraints on parts they can finish?

No, but it is best that you consult with a project manager by calling 715-235-8474.

Does Schmit Prototypes offer anodizing?

Not in-house, but we have a couple trusted local sources that we use for anodizing and other various finishes.

Can I have my cast urethane part molded in color and also painted?

Yes, we commonly have customers request that their parts be cast in color as well as painted.

Does Schmit Prototypes manufacture any electrical components such as circuit boards or display screens?

No, we make components or enclosures that are associated with those items such as plastic/metal housings, brackets, frames, etc.

Will Schmit Prototypes assemble my electronics?

Being that there are so many different kinds of electrical components we ask that you consult with a project manager by calling 715-235-8474.