Skunkworks Machining & Fabrication

From the back of a napkin to a finished part. ™

Attention Engineers, Prototypers, and Project Managers:

  • Are you looking for a manufacturer who can help you turn your idea into a finished part, but no one seems interested?
  • Have you struggled in the past to find a manufacturer who can run a small order without an incredibly long lead-time and expensive setup costs?
  • Have you ever received your machined part only to find that it won't work because it needs tighter tolerances? Are you frustrated that you can't seem to find a shop that can do it right the first time?

If so, then your searching is finally over and here’s why:

We created Skunkworks Machining & Fabrication to help our parent company, Aerial Robotics, Inc., because we needed to iterate on designs faster than we could get parts made. Specifically, we needed a shop that could 

  • hold tolerances less than 0.001 inches,
  • make complicated designs without complicated setups, and
  • have the capability to machine both small and large parts within a reasonable timeframe.

In short, it was hard to find a machine shop that wanted to do a one-off or even a small run at a price and schedule that would work for us. Sound familiar?

Most shops were deep into production work and weren't interested in "squeezing in" our RFQ, let alone our small part run.  Plus no one really wanted to help us make our designs easier to manufacture.  Most wanted complete plans and no one was interested in brainstorming and helping us with the design process.  Their response was usually,

"Dude, where's your drawing?"

So we decided to open our own in-house prototyping shop so we could not just build our own prototypes and parts, but also work with you to prototype and manufacture your designs— so you can finally  get your parts machined accurately and when you want them. 


Skunkworks Machining & Fabrication

From the back of a napkin to a finished part. ™

We give you:

Innovative Craftsmanship

  • Our team knows how to take any sketch, even a quick doodle, and work with you to turn it into a professional drawing for manufacturing. This allows us to skillfully help you go from a sketch, to a 3D rendering, to a finished part, helping your project move forward on time and on budget.

Accelerated Planning

  • We use the latest in machine intelligent tool path planning technology that transforms planning time from days into a few hours.  Plus our system keeps track of every email and phone conversation we have with you so there is congruence throughout the entire process, making it possible for you to get your part even sooner.

Striking Accuracy

  • Your carefully packaged part will include our Skunkworks Certificate of Conformance, showing your specified dimensions and the resulting dimensions— all measured with highly calibrated instruments— so you will have the knowledge and confidence that your precision part is made exactly to your specifications.

Our Guarantee

Our goal is to be your go-to place when you have a new design that you want to iterate quickly and accurately. 

We pledge that if your prototype is not made to spec the first time, 

then your second one is free.

Are you ready to finally hold a finished part in your hand?...

Then click the yellow button at the top of this page that says “Submit Your Design” and we will contact you— usually within a few hours and at the most within one business day.  We love to do medium-sized runs, short runs, and even one-offs.  Whatever you need, we look forward to working with you to turn your idea into a reality.

Skunkworks Machining & Fabrication

From the back of a napkin to a finished part.

Submit your design now and let's get started...

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