In the fall of 1962, National Pattern and Model Company commenced operation in Carrollton, Michigan. The company employed five people and had three customers: Mueller Brass, Saginaw Maleable Iron and Eaton Corporation.
National Pattern remained a small, high quality and personalized supplier of pattern tooling and precision castings when purchased by the current management in January of 1978.
National Pattern and Model Company became National Pattern, Inc. in the fall of 1978. With this change in name also began a transformation that would place the company in the position as one of the major suppliers of automotive prototype and production pattern tooling.
Construction of new facilities was started in the city of Zilwaukee, adjacent to I-75 during the summer of 1985. Buisness began at the present site in February of 1986 in which the complete relocation of offices, wood shop, metal shop, N/C machine department, design, and programming departments were accomplished with only a one and one-half days loss in production. The plant situated on five acres has 25,000 square feet of offices and production area.
The present finds National Pattern, Inc. as a trusted and reliable part of its customers engineering programs. CAD Design, Prototype, full C.N.C machining and at the most competative costs.
What we do
National Pattern, Inc. has a qualified engineering staff that is always ready to collaborate with you on tool, fixture, casting, and machine design. The diversified skills of our people allow us to assist customers in the development of new casting processes and techniques. We regularly train key employees on the advances of technology such as new computer modeling techniques, new part programming, and advances in CNC machining. We also have a well-established apprenticeship program that insures that we add the best qualified new employees to out staff.
The innovative computer system at National Pattern, Inc. insures that we are flexible and powerful enough to initiate any pattern design. Computer services include Unigraphics, Work NC, Computer Vision, Ideas 6.0, Catia, and AutoCAD. National Pattern, Inc. also has a variety of data storage formats that allows our customers and us, uncomplicated data transfer between each other.
Computer modeling, design, and programming are fully integrated into the manufacturing and validation process. DNC, CNC, Digitized and Reverse Engineering are some of the capabilities that places National Pattern, Inc. in an excellent position to insure that we obtain the highest possible quality. Future investments will insure that National Pattern, Inc. will remain on the leading edge of tooling technology.