Overview: Functional prototyping and low-volume injection molded parts that can be produced in days. Injection Molding allows for commonly available thermoplastic engineering resins to yield production quality parts.
Materials Used & Part Characteristics: All commonly used injection molding grade materials including filled or colored materials and suitable for production use.
Where used: Used for prototyping when specific process and materials are required for evaluation and in low-volume production to finalize designs prior to ramping to multi-cavity production tooling.
The Injection Molding Process
Manufacturing Process: Using a screw and barrel on a standard injection molding machine, thermoplastic pellets are conveyed, heated and melted to the specified volume. Under high pressure the melted plastic is injected into a mold, the mold is cooled with water to solidify parts and ejects finished parts from the mold.
Finishing: Texture to high gloss finishes are built into the mold to customer specifications. Note: EDM finish is standard. Polished gloss or custom textures will add additional lead time.
Tolerances: +/- .002”, Tolerances for all processes are approximates as size, geometry, wall thickness, and material selection will impact manufacturing tolerances.