Advantages of Prototyping for Plastic Injection Molded Parts

Prototypes serve an important role in recognizing any potential complication or issues that may arise because of the part design. The ability to see and feel the part before it launches into full production allows for changes to be made without substantial cost. Prototype options include 3D printed parts and aluminum molds for low-volume runs.

At Sussex IM our team of engineers help determine which type of injection molding prototype will be most beneficial to your part, budget, and timeline. With over 40 years of experience our works together to test, evaluate and modify your part design to achieve optimal manufacturability and function.

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Prototypes for Injection Molded parts

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3D Printed Prototypes

At Sussex IM we utilize an Object30 Pro Polyjet 3D printer for prototyping parts based on 3D CAD files. The printer reads the CAD files and produces a final part allowing customers to hold the part in their hands within a few hours. Viewing 3D CAD drawing is one way to evaluate part designs, combining a 3D printed prototype with CAD drawings allows for full picture evaluation of the design.

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Prototype Molds

Other prototyping options includes building aluminum or soft tooling for short, low-volume runs. These prototype molds are a low-cost option for running parts to test function, fit, material and manufacturing processes ahead of the full production fun. Testing the molding process is a major benefit to this prototype process. Our team has trusted relationship with several mold makers and assists with the design and production of prototype molds.

Advantages of Prototyping Injection Molded Devices

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