NOVO has invested heavily to develop a state-of-the-art CNC machine shop and model shop as a key component of our rapid product development infrastructure. With complementary processes such as finishing, sheet metal fabrication, welding, grinding, and heat treating, we have the ability to fabricate almost any machined or fabricated component in-house. Our machine shop, along with comparable investments in rapid prototyping (3D printing systems) and environmental test equipment, sets NOVO apart from other contract product development companies who rely on outside companies to provide these services. The difference can be seen in the refinement of our designs and by reducing time to market for new products.

Visitors to NOVO often comment that our CNC machine shop and model shop area is one of the highlights of the facility tour. New employees and independent contractors observe that they have never worked in a facility—whether for another contract engineering group or an established product company—where design engineers have access to so much fabrication, R&D test equipment, and rapid prototyping capability. All of these benefits are available to you when you engage NOVO as your engineering development partner.

Our machining centers for CNC milling and lathe work are all Haas equipment. Our primary CAM software is Mastercam. Mastercam did an interesting case study on our usage of their software in our shop:

Design House Fabricates Innovative Prototypes with Mastercam


  • (2) 4-axis CNC machining centers
  • (1) 4-axis high-speed machining center
  • (1) CNC lathe
  • (2) tool-room lathes
  • (1) engine lathe
  • (2) Prototrak-style knee mills
  • (1) surface grinder
  • CAD/CAM software
  • Thermoset casting
  • bandsaws, chop saws, horizontal saws
  • MIG, TIG, spot, gas welding
  • heat treating
  • sand blasting
  • sheet metal fabrication
  • extensive small tooling inventory