Proto Labs Inc., a leading online and technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer, started its insert molding service at Pacific Design & Manufacturing in Anaheim and expanded on the company’s rapid injection molding offerings. This new capability can raise the production capacity to produce 25 to 10,000-plus insert-molded parts in 15 days or less.
Insert molding is the process of over molding thermoplastic material around a preformed component (an insert) to create a finished part that incorporates multiple materials. The inserts are generally metal parts that are used to reinforce the mechanical properties of the plastic part. The metal inserts are placed into the mold to form the part.
Vicki Holt, Proto Labs CEO commented, “We’re delighted to now be delivering a new service that designers and developers have been asking us for. As we help companies large and small accelerate their product development with our digital manufacturing methods, insert molding offers another important tool for these companies to make a prototype or end-use parts as quickly as engineers frequently turn to insert molding for improving part strength while trimming part weight and reducing assembly costs, production time and labor.
“With quick-turn insert molding services at Proto Labs, I was able to receive functional prototypes in weeks,” said Chris Mazzucco, Design, and Development Engineer at Zebra Technologies, an Illinois-based information technology company that manufactures and sells marking, tracking and computer printing technologies.
Proto Labs is the world’s fastest digital manufacturing source for custom prototypes and low-volume production parts. The technology-enabled company uses advanced 3D printing, CNC machining and injection molding technologies to produce parts within days. The result is an unprecedented speed-to-market value for designers and engineers and an on-demand resource throughout a product’s lifecycle.