The Midwest Prototyping Story


Midwest Prototyping opened its doors early in 2001 with a single SLA 250 machine contained in the same office space as the founders desk. Steve Grundahl had been exposed to rapid prototyping technology while earning a degree from MSOE (Milwaukee School of Engineering) several years earlier and could never shake his fascination with it. Sensing a maturation of the technology and greater acceptance in the product development industry gave him confidence to take the plunge.

Shortly after, satisfied customers began asking for additional services such as machining, fabrication, assembly and show quality finishing options. Larger part requests resulted in the addition of more SLA machines. Soon, the makings of a full service prototyping shop were well underway. By 2005, the acquisition of a small machine shop and hiring of a full time machinist meant that Midwest now occupied 4000 square feet and was ready for a larger facility.

By the end of 2006 the company moved into a new 18,000 square foot facility to enable future growth. This extra space allowed growth across the business as new CNC machining and rapid prototyping equipment was installed shortly after the move. In 2008, the acquisition of longtime competitor Manitowoc Prototypes was completed and added even more capacity for the rapid prototyping division.

Now recognized as an industry leader, we intend to continue our story with additional growth and success. Offering 7 distinct 3D printing technologies on 20 machines, we our mission has evolved to connect great ideas with innovative technologies. 

Give us a call or email to schedule a tour and see what we have become. You’ll find knowledgeable and helpful people, state of the art equipment and a wide range of materials and services.