The powder metal process can be used to develop metal prototyping services and parts for many sintered stainless steel process applications. Prototyping parts are manufactured by compacting a “slug” or round block of material to a specified diameter, thickness, and density. This block of material is then processed through our standard sintering process to achieve typical material property characteristics. This block of material is then machined to create parts formed to a specific geometry. This process provides production intent material properties with only the machined geometry being formed outside the production intent process.