From the owner:
For 12 years, I worked as a Laboratory Mechanical Technician in Stanford University’s Physics Department. I left my position in 1989 and started American Prototype.
I have been lucky to transfer my skills acquired from machining various projects for the Physics, Chemistry and Aeronautics Departments, in addition to Stanford Medical Research.
Working and collaborating with graduate students, undergraduates and professors, from many backgrounds from all around the world, has provided me with great experience and allowed me to start my business.
Since August of 1989, we have been manufacturing for many diverse industries throughout the Bay Area.
From fast moving Semiconductor research and development, to medical and instrument companies, it is our goal to be a partner using our experience and technology to expedite projects in a low cost and fast turn environment.
Support American Manufacturing
We are centrally located on the San Francisco Peninsula in the City of San Carlos. This unique location allows us to serve many vibrant and growing industries in the Heart of Silicon Valley.
We proudly serve several local educational institutions, such as Stanford University and San Francisco State University, as well as government agencies, such as the NASA Ames Research Center & the U.S. Geological Survey, USGS.
While our primary customer base is located within driving distance of our facility, many of our customers are located throughout the United States.
Fadal Vertical Machining Centers,(8) Largest capacity 40″ X 20″
Doosan Vertical Machining Centers,(2) Largest capacity 40″ X 20”
Haas Vertical Machining Center Largest capacity (1) 16” x 32″
Mori Seiki SL200 Turning Center 10″ Diameter Capacity.
Hardinge Toolroom Lathe, With DRO (2) Each
Hardinge Chucker Lathe, With DRO (1) Each
Clausing Colchester Engine Lathe, 13″ Capacity (1) Each
Bridgeport Milling Machines With DRO (4) Each
Kaeser SM 15 AIRCENTER
Kent Surface Grinder, 12″ X 18″
Do-All Vertical Band Saw 30″ Capacity
Rutland Vertical Band Saw 18′ Capacity
Rutland 12″ Horizontal Band Saw
Various Support Equipment:
Drill press, Belt sander, 20 Ton Press, Arbor Press,
Trinco Bead Blaster 36″ X 18″
Laser Cutting and Marking Machines
Epilog Legend 36″ EXT 24″ x 36″ Cutting Area
Fablight 4500 Fiber Laser with 4th Axis Capability. 24” x 48” Cut Area with 50” Tube Capacity.
Coherent 500 Watt Omni Beam Laser Machine with Pallet Extension. 48” x 48” Cut Area.
Sheet Metal Equipment:
48″ Sheet Metal Box Brake,
90* Tennsmith Notcher, 16 Gauge Capacity
48″ Sheet Metal Foot Shear, 16 Gauge Capacity
Quality Management System based upon ISO 9002
Rockwell Hardness Tester, Model HR-150A
Brown & Sharp Reflex Coordinate Measuring Machine 20″ x 16″ x 12″ Accuracy +-.0002
Starrett HE-400 Optical Comparator, With Quadra Check 200 Inspection System
Micrometers, from 1.0″ to 8.0″
Inside Micrometers .40″ to 6.0″
Gauge Pins, .010 Diameter to 1.00″
Gauge Blocks, .031 to 1.250
Vernier Calipers to 48″
Digital Calipers to 12″
Full Complement of Bore Gauges, Thread gauges etc.
All Tools calibrated annually
Cad Cam System:
2018-2019 GibbsCam NC Programming system, With Lathe Module
Two, IBM ThinkCenters A50 8147 P4, 3GHz,
Import Formats accepted:
SolidWorks Part (*.SLDPRT)
DXF Files for Laser Cutting