Depending on the situation and the material you're looking at you'll probably require a 3D model. As your discussing plateware, you'll also have to ensure your material is FDA compliant. If it's coming into contact with potable water you may also need to consider other instituational approvals such as NSF 61. If in the long-run you plan to market toother countris other approvals would come into play that affect the material selection. I'm assuming this would be plastic or glass?
If plastic, the best thing to do would be to machine the prototype. A 3D model would be required to simplify this process. Our company offers design and mfg consultation. We also help prototype and set up mfg of product with supply partners both domestic and in Asia.
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