When you invent a new piece of equipment or machinery, you are very guarded about it, and rightly so. Anyone could come along and take your invention/idea from you and produce it before you can patent it. Yet, you have to have some way of constructing a prototype to make sure your invention actually works.
If it does not, you have to tweak it and rebuild it so that you have a prototype that does work. That is a complicated and difficult process if you do not have access to a machining company's equipment. Here is how machining and prototype stamping helps make your invention a reality.
Consult with a Machining Industry
Your invention is your own, and you can request that the machining company sign proprietary documents attesting to that fact. This alleviates your worries and concerns about intellectual property theft, and excuses the company from any wrongdoing if they were to make something similar. Most companies are straight up and honest, but most inventors need that extra security through documentation, and that is fine.
Get Your Prototype Parts "Stamped"
It sounds like a bizarre machining process; stamped. Yet, what the process is is a set of metal cuttings, often using lasers for precision, cutting your parts out of any metal you choose, and then following precise directions to fold and mold the parts into your prototype. It is called stamped because the initial process 'stamps" the metal with the pattern for each piece you need cut. The stamp marks act as guidelines for the cutting process.
Get Your Folded and Assembled Pieces
Next, collect your folded and assembled pieces so that you can put all of them together to create your prototype. This step you can do in your own home or lab, away from everyone else. Once the prototype is together, test it to make sure it works the way you expect your invention to work. If it works, create and assemble a second one so that you have one to keep as a back-up, and one to send to the patent office so that the patent registrar can see how your invention works and why you want a patent for it.
If the prototype does not work, figure out why. Then tweak it, try and get it to work, and request an adjusted stamping of the parts from the machining company. They will restamp whatever parts you need, and then you can get a working model of the invention. For more information, contact companies like ACU-PRO, INC.