APROE was started in 2006 by Mose O’Griffin who was following his life-long passion for designing and building things. The first version of the company was called Aluminum Precision Engineering and was intended to capitalize on Mose’s early research and work with aluminum welding and machining for the marine and high-performance industries. This was found to be too narrow of a scope and the business was re-branded Advanced Prototype Engineering in 2010 to fully capitalize on the wide variety of materials and systems Mose was accustomed to working with.
With this change and a growing demand for it’s services, the company’s first employees were hired. APROE was asked to assist in helping a few San Francisco based companies get their R&D facilities online. This was initially seen as a “blip” or just a few one-time opportunities but became a dedicated business offering once the work stream was realized to be steady. APROE worked hand in hand with instructors from San Francisco’s Tech Shop to help Autodesk’s Pier 9 create training documentation for staff. The relationships and opportunities gained during these early years set the foundation for APROE’s Facility Set-Up and Education divisions.
Meanwhile, the prototyping division was steadily growing while providing design / build services with local entrepreneurs and Tech Clients. With each successful project completed, funds were put towards growing the design and fabrication capabilities. Over time, we came to offer multi-axis machining, composites, and injection molding. In 2017, as a result of the high cost of operating capital intensive activities in San Francisco, a decision was made to change the focus more to design and less to fabrication.
In our current configuration, we do not take on manufacturing jobs and only use our machine shop to facilitate quick turn around design / build projects. This set-up allows us to quickly iterate on mechanical parts internally, saving time and money in minimizing communication with outside vendors for this quickly changing phase of the project. Once parts are defined and are required in any quantity, we rely on our extensive local network of suppliers to feed our short run production projects. Walking the line between design and fabrication has, and will continue to be a constantly evolving process with APROE.
Our Facility Set-up and Education divisions have worked on more than 20 projects with corporate clients in various parts of the United States and have educated hundreds of engineers and employees.
For an interesting article on APROE please see Company Week’s Article on us.