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How to Choose the Right Production Process

You’ll most likely need a different production process for your plastic parts if you’re at the beginning stage of product development, compared to being at the final stage, ready for production parts. Regardless of where you’re at in the process, we’ll help you understand the differences between the various production methods and choose the best one. The various processes vary by quantity of parts needed, cost, speed and other factors. Here are the manufacturing processes we offer: Urethane Casting: Fast, inexpensive [...]

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Urethane Casting for Fast Prototypes

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering urethane casting as a manufacturing method to complement our injection molding and CNC machining services. The advantages of urethane casting over injection molding are speed and cost. Due to the properties of the silicone molds used in urethane casting compared to injection mold tooling, it is ideal for plastic or rubber prototypes and low-volume parts (approx. 20-25 pieces). To learn more about urethane casting, and in particular about its advantages and [...]

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Advantages of Urethane Casting – Part 2: Cost

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. Last week we discussed one advantage of urethane casting, speed. This week we’ll take a look at the second advantage: cost. The liquid poured and cured silicone molds used for casting urethane are much cheaper to produce compared to creating injection mold “hard” tooling. To put it in perspective, a casting project might be hundreds of [...]

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Production Processes to Fit Your Needs

Whether you’re at the beginning stage of product development and need a prototype, or at the final stage and ready for production parts, we’ve got the manufacturing process that’s right for you. We offer the following manufacturing processes: Urethane Casting: Fast, inexpensive prototype or low-volume parts with plastic- or rubber-like properties (1-25 parts) CNC Machining: Low-volume parts with a large selection of plastic or metal materials (1-100 parts) Prototype Injection Molding: Higher quantity of prototype parts, warrantied to 10,000 cycles Production [...]

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Urethane Casting Now Available

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering urethane casting as a manufacturing method to complement our injection molding and CNC machining services. The advantages of urethane casting over injection molding are speed and cost. Due to the properties of the silicone molds used in urethane casting compared to injection mold tooling, it is ideal for prototypes and low volumes (approx. 20-25 pieces). To learn more about urethane casting, and in particular about its advantages and disadvantages compared to [...]

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Advantages of Urethane Casting – Part 3: Quality

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. Over the last two weeks we’ve covered the advantages of speed and cost. This week we’ll take a look at the third advantage: quality. The cast urethane process can use a variety of formulations to produce parts that are soft or hard, colored or transparent. The silicone molds provide excellent surface finish detail and can [...]

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Prototypes to Production Parts

Whether you’re at the beginning stage of product development and need a prototype, or at the final stage and ready for production parts, we’ve got the manufacturing process that’s right for you. We offer the following services: Urethane Casting: Fast, inexpensive prototype or low-volume parts with plastic or rubber properties (1-25 parts) CNC Machining: Low-volume parts with a large selection of plastic or metal materials (1-100 parts) Prototype Injection Molding: Higher quantity of prototype parts (warrantied to 10,000 cycles) Production Injection Molding: High-volume custom [...]

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Advantages of Urethane Casting – Part 1: Speed

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 [...]

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