Guidelines for Quick-Turn Prototyping

Please note the following current restrictions associated with the Protomold 1, 3 or 5 business day premium quick-turn services. If you feel your situation almost fits within the rules, call your salesperson at 877.479.3680 and we’ll see what we can do.

1 Business Day Quick-Turn Guidelines

1. A confirmed order must be received by 12:00 PM central time on the day you order. See below for definition of “confirmed order.”

2. The order will ship via FedEx or UPS the next business day.

3. Molds with side-pulls (cam actions), hot-tip gates, contoured ejectors, steel core pins, family and multi-cavity molds are not available for 1 business-day turnaround.

4. Part dimensions (after adjusting for any resin shrinkage) cannot exceed 2.75” x 2.50” x 1.00” in X, Y, and Z respectively. The Z-dimension of 1.00” is the mold-opening direction.

5. Your part complexity must be such that we can mill the molds in the allotted time. ProtoQuote® won’t allow a 1 business day premium quick turn option if your part is too complex.

6. Your surface finish must be either F0 or F1.

7. At this time, no colorants are possible with 1 business day turnarounds.

8. Pre-approvals of Protomold-determined ejector or gate layouts occur by placing an order for 1 business-day turnaround. If gate or ejector layouts are important, they need to be agreed upon before placing the order. Contact your salesperson at 877.479.3680 for assistance.

9. Sample quantity is limited to 50 pieces.

10. In rare instances, high demand may require we turn away 1 business-day turnaround orders due to capacity constraints. When in doubt, contact your salesperson.

Note: ProtoQuote® will not automatically prevent you from setting options that may disqualify you from 1 business day service.

3 Business Day Quick-Turn Guidelines

1. A confirmed order must be received by 12:00 PM central time on the day you order. See below for definition of “confirmed order.”

2. The order will ship via FedEx or UPS on the third business day after the day we receive the order.

3. Molds with multiple side-pulls (cam actions), steel core pins, family and multi-cavity molds are not available for 3 business day turnaround.

4. A2 finish is not allowed.

5. Mold price, including quick-turn premium, should be less than $6,000 USD.

6. If you supply your own resin, it must arrive at Protomold within 24 hours of submitting your order. Late resin will result in late shipment of your order, and expediting premiums will still apply.

7. Gate and ejector layouts must be responded to within 4 hours of being sent. Delays in responding to gate/ejector layouts may delay processing your order, and expediting premiums will still apply.

8. In rare instances, high demand may require we turn away 3 business day turnaround orders due to capacity constraints. When in doubt, contact your salesperson.

5 Business Day Quick-Turn Guidelines

1. A confirmed order must be received by 12:00 PM central time on the day you order. See below for definition of “confirmed order.”

2. The order will ship via FedEx or UPS on the fifth business day after the day we receive the order.

3. Your part may include one moderately-complex or two very simple side-pulls (cam actions). Note that standard 15 business day turnaround molds may have up to four side-pulls.

4. Family and multi-cavity molds may include two simple parts only.

5. A limited amount of A2 finish will be allowed; other finishes are ok.

6. Mold price, including quick-turn premium, should be less than $8,500 USD.

7. Customer supplied resins must arrive at Protomold within 24 hours of submitting your order. Late resin will result in late shipment of your order, and expediting premiums will still apply.

8. Gate and ejector layout approvals must be completed within 4 hours of being sent. Delays in approvals may delay processing your order, and the expediting premium will still apply.

9. In very rare instances, high demand may require we turn away 5 business day turnaround orders due to capacity constraints. When in doubt, contact your salesperson.

What does “confirmed order” mean?

“Confirmed order” means we have a PO (faxed or emailed), or a credit card number, and your ProtoQuote is finalized on line. “Finalized” means you have set the options on your ProtoQuote.

For established customers with credit terms where we already have “bill to” and “ship to” addresses, a PO number may be sufficient to start processing your order.

For new customers not using a credit card, we recommend establishing credit prior to trying to get a one-day turnaround order placed.