Urethane casting has several advantages over other plastic manufacturing processes like injection molding and additive manufacturing (3D printing). It is fast, inexpensive, and produces high-quality parts. This week we’ll take a look at the first advantage: speed.
The urethane casting process is very fast because the silicone molds used to make parts via this process are created very quickly, especially compared to the hard tooling used in injection molding. It is ideal for low-volume production, when quantities do not justify investment in injection mold tooling.
If the plan is to injection mold a large quantity of parts but some are needed immediately, urethane casting is a fast method to get first-run production parts made before the production tooling is ready.
It’s excellent for testing product design, for one-off products, or for testing market or consumer responses to a new product. With such a quick turnaround time, urethane casted parts can bring a project to its next level for end-user testing or short-run production. It can give a company a first-to-market advantage.
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