Rapid Injection Molding: Two Service Options

We offer two injection molding service options, one optimized for prototyping and the other for low-volume production of end-use parts. While the molds themselves are similar, part quantities, lifetime maintenance, mold ownership, and pricing vary depending on the type of service you choose.


OBJECTIVE I need to validate my design I need the flexibility of on-demand production of end-use parts
  • Lifetime volumes are likely below 2,000 parts
  • An affordable entry point for tooling is important
  • Part production is only needed for 1 year or less
  • Lifetime volumes exceed 2,000 parts
  • Lower part price is critical
  • Part production is needed for several years
MOLD PRICE Lower Higher
PART PRICE Higher Lower
MOLD CAVITIES Single Single and multi-cavity
GUARANTEED 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 Basic inspection reports included; enhanced reports available upon request
SHARED FEATURES Aluminum molds
Standard lead times as fast as 7 days
Tolerances of +/-0.003 in. plus resin tolerance (in./in.)
Set-up fees apply to each run 


Did you order a mold before our new injection molding service options were introduced?

Molds that were ordered prior to July 2017 are now labeled as "legacy” orders in your Protolabs account and you can continue to place orders under the previous terms and conditions. For additional information on our new injection molding service options, please contact your account representative.