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Will 3D Printing Be the Demise of Plastic Injection Molding?

Some observers of the plastics manufacturing industry, especially those with a vested interest, would like to have you believe that 3D printing is going to be the demise of injection molding. While there are certainly cases where 3D printing makes sense, the reports of the death of injection molding have been greatly exaggerated. Plastic injection molding is a tried and true method of production that is in no danger of going away anytime soon. It is a basic, dependable method [...]

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3D Printing vs CNC Machining

The question to ask when considering 3D Printing vs CNC Machining is: “What will my parts be used for?” As these are two different processes, the products they produce must be considered completely different beasts as well. 3D Printing is an additive process whereas CNC machining (or milling) is a subtractive process. Sure there are pros and cons for each process, but ultimately, what is it you want your plastic part to do or accomplish? After examining the products [...]

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Comparing the Piece Price of Injection Molded Parts to 3D Printed Parts

Advantages of Injection Molding Over High-Volume 3D Printing While 3D printing doesn’t have the upfront cost of a mold, as injection molding does, it also doesn’t reduce the unit cost over time, and injection molding does. Plastic injection molding can quickly become the more cost-efficient option with a production run of as little as a couple hundred units. In this example, it becomes cheaper to produce the part by injection molding at 252 pieces compared to 3D printing. Additional advantages of injection [...]

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From 3D Printed Prototype to Production Parts

Depending on the circumstances of your custom plastic parts project, one production method may offer advantages over another for your initial prototype. A 3D printed prototype may work best, or a CNC machined part might be the best choice. You may want us to CNC machine your prototype because you need to test the physical properties of the specific material you’ll be using in production, and the material is available for CNC machining but not for 3D printing. On the other [...]

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CNC Machining vs. 3D Printing

While CNC machining (a subtractive process) and 3D printing (an additive process) are both manufacturing methods for plastic parts, there are pros and cons for each, and the right choice depends on your needs for your parts. Some of the advantages of CNC machining are: Materials: Since different plastic materials are available for CNC machining than for 3D printing, you can CNC machine prototypes out of the same base materials you’re going to use for your injection-molded production parts. This allows [...]

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Will 3D Printing be the Demise of Plastic Injection Molding

Will 3D Printing be the Demise of Plastic Injection Molding? It seems like 3D printing is all you hear about these days in the world of plastics manufacturing. Make this, make that. Buy your kids a $300 3D printer so they can make their own toys. But is 3D printing going to take over as the predominant method of producing plastic parts? Spoiler Alert: The answer is no, not anytime soon. The fact is, more than 80% of plastic parts used [...]

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