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HLH Rapid Medical Equipment Rapid Prototyping Case Study

MedTech Company R2R MedEquip Reviews Their $30k+ Prototype Order with HLH Rapid

R2R MedEquip is a medical equipment manufacturer located in Houston, Texas. The company specializes in building state-of-the-art equipment for low functioning ICU patients and has a complete line of bariatric products from ICU beds to lifts and reclining wheel chairs.

Medical equipment company leaves a review about HLH Rapid's prototyping and 3d printing services

R2R Project Breakdown

CompanyR2R MedEquip
LocationTexas, USA
IndustryMedical Equipment
ProjectsMovao Tilt Table, Rehab Devices
ServicesSheet Metal, CNC Milling & Turning, 3D Printing (SLA)
MaterialAl6061, SS304, PA66+10%CF, ABS translucent, Carbon Steel 1010 and more
Typical Lead Time3 weeks for 50+ individual CNC components
Surface FinishBlack Anodize, Silk Screen, Textured

Ordering over $30k worth of prototypes with HLH Rapid

After gathering and evaluating quotations from multiple suppliers, HLH Rapid was chosen to manufacture the majority of parts for R2R’s latest rehab device projects, with the exception of a few parts being outsourced elsewhere.

Over the course of the year, U.S. medical device company, R2R MedEquip, has ordered a range of custom prototypes (over $30,000 worth of parts) from HLH Rapid. Some examples include brake levers, sensor brackets, light covers, hinges and large plates — all made from different manufacturing processes, including CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication and 3D printing.


I would recommend HLH Rapid any time

What results can you expect with HLH? Shawn Strahan, President of R2R MedEquip, reviewed the 3 rapid prototyping services he and his company had used:


  • Sheet metal with complex bends: amazing
  • CNC complicated parts: perfect
  • 3D printed parts: better than expected and more durable than nylon carbon fiber


Below are some examples of custom machined, fabricated and 3d printed parts HLH Rapid supplied to R2R.

HLH manufacturers medical device prototypes using cnc machining, sheet metal fabrication and 3d printing processes


Out of the $30k+ worth of parts made, there was one major hiccup which led to one part needing to be remade, but Shawn added, “I blame that on miscommunication.” After pointing out the issue and an active exchange of emails and a call, the issue was able to be resolved speedily. All in all, “I have been very pleased with the parts quality, pricing and lead times,” said Shawn. “I would recommend HLH anytime.”


One issue is tariff into US

While his experience with HLH Rapid has been great so far, Shawn highlighted one issue, “tariff into US, unless you’re doing prototype parts only where the Chinese tariffs are waived.” Well this doesn’t necessarily mean that the cost of production parts imported from China to the U.S. will be less competitive than getting parts made in a different country or locally (in the U.S.), it’s worth keeping in mind the additional tariff cost when considering a quote for production purposes.

Thankfully, prototypes imported to the U.S. listed under the HTSUS code 9817.85.01 are not affected by duties or tariffs. This means you can import the parts to the U.S. and test them without having to worry about tariff costs, so long as you use the right code. For more information about getting your prototypes and production parts made and shipped at HLH, contact our team at


Find out how other companies are using HLH Rapid to speed up innovation. Looking to get your rapid prototypes or low-volume production parts made with HLH? Get in touch with our team today through our submission form.

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