December 4, 2022
New Bedford’s ProtoXYZ speeds up, automates 3D printing, CNC machining

New Bedford’s ProtoXYZ speeds up, automates 3D printing, CNC machining

New Bedford’s ProtoXYZ speeds up, automates 3D printing, CNC machining

NEW BEDFORD — Industry 4.0 technologies are revolutionizing the way manufacturing companies like New Bedford-based ProtoXYZ serve their customers with the greatest accuracy possible.

Brothers Jordan and Nathaniel Fernandes are utilizing new technology and applying it to older manufacturing processes to offer 3D printing online and CNC machining (a computerized manufacturing process) applying their software model. They “help engineers bring their ideas to reality” by making prototypes — offering what they say is a faster and more automated self-service process.

As co-founder and the chief operating officer, older brother Jordan focuses on operations and sales, while Nathaniel is the chief technical officer working on code and machining. They looked to their father, Mike Fernandes, for advice, knowing that he has experience starting companies of his own.

Jordan Fernandes sets up one of the new 3D printers at the new ProtoXYZ offices at the DeMello International Center on Union Street in New Bedford.

A true family business

When approached in 2021, Mike liked what he heard and agreed to invest in their new venture. When they asked if he wanted to help them run the company, he accepted, and they gained a chief executive officer.

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Jordan said he was working for another company and had been talking to coworkers about the potential for a business to be profitable offering 3D printing services. They felt it would be, and he overcame his initial hesitation. His first thought was it would make a good side business.

“My dad said, ‘A side business? Why don’t we just make it a company and grow it from there?’ so he was really the one that influenced me to start building and make it go big,” Jordan said.

Mike Fernandes, CEO, and his son Nathaniel Fernandes speak about how clients can log onto their website for an instant quote, at the new ProtoXYZ offices at the DeMello International Center on Union Street in New Bedford.

On board with their plans, their father approached friends about investing. When he approached James DeMello, he offered them a small space in the DeMello International Center at 128 Union St.

As the company grew, they brought a software engineer Patricia Pires-Dias from UMass Dartmouth on board in June 2021 and have since moved into a larger space in Suite LL3 to accommodate all their equipment.

https://www.southcoasttoday.com/story/business/2022/08/30/new-bedford-protoxyz-speeds-up-automates-3-d-printing-cnc-machining-fernandes-prototypes-engineers/7906367001/