Injection Molding for Prototypes and Low-volume Production Parts
Choose from two molding options tailored to your manufacturing needs
We make it easy for you to work with us from prototyping to low-volume production. Using scientific molding techniques, we optimize and monitor your parts for production, saving you time and also simplifying process qualification across your development stages. Every step in our process is documented as a data point and that knowledge is applied to each run of your parts. Along the way, we offer DFM feedback and design consultation to improve part design, and automated inline CMM technology to verify critical-to-quality dimensions and help you qualify parts and process quickly using our automated and precise CMM systems. Finishing options? We have a range of those, too, including Mold-Tech finishing!
Prototyping or On-demand Manufacturing?
While the molds themselves are similar, part quantities, lifetime maintenance, quality documentation, and pricing vary depending on which service option is chosen. The right one depends on your project needs.
I need to validate my design at Protolabs speeds. I need the flexibility to economically iterate before production.
I have on-demand production needs at Protolabs speeds.
|MOLD CAVITIES||Single||Single and multi-cavity|
|MOLD LIFE||Limited (guaranteed for at least 2,000 shots)||Unlimited|
|MOLD STORAGE||Stored for 18 months of inactivity||Stored for 3 years of inactivity|
|MOLD OWNERSHIP||Upon request||Yes|
|QUALITY DOCUMENTATION||Basic inspection reports available upon request||
*Inspection conducted on initial run of parts
Why Use an On-Demand Manufacturing Tool?
Start with advanced design for manufacturability feedback, which ensures that your design is optimized before a single part is molded. From there, our scientific molding process takes that data and lessons learned and applies them to each run of your parts. Our combination of CTQ and automated CMM ensures and verifies consistency throughout the manufacturing process.
Our on-demand manufacturing service helps you simplify your supply chain so you can get quality parts easier and faster. We meet your inventory needs with no minimum order quantities, and offer supply chain flexibility ranging from bridge tooling and just-in-time (JIT) production to standard production and dual-sourcing strategies. So, you get:
- Free prototype mold when upgrading to on-demand manufacturing
- No minimum order quantity
- ISO 9001:2015; ISO 13485; CoC; CoA
- CTQ reporting, including process capability study and FAI
- Exclusive in-line CMM automation
Piece-Part Price Comparison
This chart shares the potential cost savings you can achieve with on-demand manufacturing for molded parts with varying levels of complexity.
|EXTENTS||1 in. x 1 in. x 0.65 in.||3.5 in. x 2.5 in. x 1 in.||4.2 in. x 4.2 in. x 2.9 in.|
|PART VOLUME||0.16 in.³||2.73 in.³||7.31 in.³|
ON-DEMAND MANUFACTURING SINGLE-CAVITY MOLD
Note that this is just an example of parts to illustrate the potential piece-part price savings offered by on-demand manufacturing.