Parts shipped in 1 to 15 days
What is injection moulding?
Injection moulding is the most common form of manufacture, suitable for prototyping, bridge tooling and low-volume production of end-use parts. The process relies on a mechanism that injects thermoplastic or thermosetting polymers into a mould cavity, which then solidifies into the finished part before being ejected from the mould.
What are the advantages of injection moulding?
At Protolabs we offer rapid injection moulding with quick turnaround times to help reduce design risks and limit overall production costs. Our automated processes begin with data being sent directly to the mills, enabling us to produce rapid prototypes and end-use production parts in as little as 1 day. Moreover, our high-grade aluminium mould tools come with a lifetime guarantee and we stock hundreds of thermoplastic resins and liquid silicon rubber materials.
Which injection moulding process should you choose?
25 parts to 10,000+ parts
Shipped in 1 to 15 days
Plastic injection moulding is a manufacturing process where thermoplastic resin pellets are fed into a heated barrel, from which the now molten material is shot into the mould cavity. Injection times are often under one second, during which even predicted shrinkage through cooling is compensated. Once the desired cooling has been achieved the solidified production-grade part is ejected with an array of pins as the A-side and B-side of the mould separate. The two sides then close again for the process to be repeated.
Sample Quote for Moulding
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Inside Rapid Injection Moulding
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