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On-Demand Production

Reduce total cost of ownership and manage demand volatility with low-volume injection molding
Our digital approach to injection molding makes it a viable and cost-effective process for not only prototypes but also low-volume production runs.

25 to 10,000+ parts

Shipped in 15 days or less

Molds starting at $1,495

 

Leveraging On-Demand Production

 

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1. Low Volume-Runs

  • Validate part design, assembly processes, and market demand with pilot runs prior to mass production.
  • Manage inventory overhead with production of parts only when demand dictates.
  • Use as the primary production method for products with annual sales volumes of a few thousand, or even a few hundred, units.

2. Bridge Tooling

  • Implement cost-effective aluminum tooling before committing to a capital expense with steel tooling.
  • Minimize the “cost of waiting” for a steel tool—and get to market quicker.

3. Supply Chain Emergencies

  • Minimize down time and reduce the risk of stock-outs when large-scale production tools are being repaired.
  • Mitigate the risk of domestic and global shipping delays by having a reliable, on-demand supplier of low-volume parts.
  • Manage increases in demand volatility without going on back-order.

4. End-of-Life Planning

  • Place on-demand production orders during the decline of product's life cycle.
  • Mitigate the risk of inventory write-offs by ordering parts in lower quantities.

 


Demand Volatility

Total Cost of Ownership

Product Life Cycle


commercial-grade thermoplastic material

Commercial-Grade Materials

We stock more than 100 moldable thermoplastic resins and liquid silicone rubber materials that are suitable for various part applications and industries. Customer-supplied materials are also accepted.

 

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