Engineers, designers, and product developers have found that industrial-grade 3-D printing and plastic injection molding work well together in the life cycle of a product, starting with the design-risk mitigation of 3-D printing prototyping and then shifting to the manufacturing method of injection molding to ramp up for higher volumes.
Developing medical device parts is a high-stakes process, and material choice is an important decision. The specific requirements for the part or device being developed will help steer the decision on which material option is the best choice.
Product designers often need their manufacturing suppliers to produce plastic injection-molded parts that are Pantone color-matched to company specifications. Learn how this injection molding service offers custom color matching on customer-provided Pantone numbers and on customer-provided part samples.
3-D printing has recently developed a reputation as an essential manufacturing process for prototype parts. This article explores the new and existing technology leaders in this area and assesses the capabilities of production for each 3-D printing process.
Protolabs helps remove the speed bumps created by tedious quoting times with an automated system that provides an interactive quote within hours of uploading a 3-D CAD model.
You can make adjustments to the surface finish, material, and delivery of your parts inside the quote, and pricing will update in real time. The quote also highlights any potential design issues — from draft to material flow — and recommends immediate solutions. The result is quality parts shipped to you really fast.