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Rubber Injection Molding

By |2019-08-14T14:20:10-05:00August 14th, 2019|Injection Molding|

Rubber Injection Molding  What is Rubber Injection Molding? Rubber injection molding is similar to rigid plastic injection molding, except that the materials being used have flexibility and elasticity to make parts that require adaptability in their environments. These rubber-like materials are durable and can be produced in a variety of shore values, making them [...]

Thermoforming Material Selection

By |2019-08-09T09:49:21-05:00August 9th, 2019|Thermoforming|

Thermoforming Material Selection Thermoformed parts are made from thermoplastics, which are plastics that can be repeatedly heated and cooled without change to their characteristics. In order to be thermoformed, these materials are produced in sheets. These plastic sheets are loaded into the thermoforming machine where they are heated to their glass transition temperature. At [...]

PLA vs. ABS 3D Printing

By |2019-08-05T11:15:39-05:00August 5th, 2019|3D Printing|

PLA vs. ABS 3D Printing ABS and PLA are both plastic filaments that can be printed via desktop 3D printers. PLA is commonly used by beginners because it is easy to print and can create aesthetically pleasing pieces. ABS is more difficult to work with, but it is worthwhile due to its increased strength [...]

Thermoforming vs. Injection Molding

By |2019-07-31T12:22:56-05:00July 31st, 2019|Injection Molding, Thermoforming|

Thermoforming vs. Injection Molding  Both thermoforming and injection molding are widely used plastic manufacturing methods. While both technologies require molds, they differ in many areas, including process, part design, cost, and volume. In general, thermoforming is best suited for large parts, including packaging and enclosures, while injection molding excels with small, end-use parts.  In [...]

Injection Molding Cost

By |2019-07-24T13:39:13-05:00July 24th, 2019|Injection Molding|

Injection Molding Cost The cost of injection molding depends on multiple factors, including part complexity, tooling, materials, labor, quantity, and production location. You can expect to spend $1,200 minimum on your mold. In addition to tooling costs, you will also pay for each unit produced. For very low volumes, you can expect to pay [...]

Thermoforming Cost

By |2019-07-24T13:40:53-05:00July 23rd, 2019|Thermoforming|

Thermoforming Cost The cost of thermoforming depends on several factors, including the design, tooling, materials, and labor needed to complete your part. You can expect to spend $2,000-10,000 minimum on a single thermoforming mold. Each plastic sheet will cost $35-45 based on the material choice, but if a part is small, multiple may be [...]

3D Printing Materials

By |2019-07-19T15:47:42-05:00July 12th, 2019|3D Printing|

3D Printing Materials There are a lot of different materials available for 3D printing, and it can be difficult to know which will best suit your needs. In this article, we’ll discuss the four main categories of 3D printing materials, their properties, how they’re produced, and their best uses.  Extruded Thermoplastics Extruded thermoplastics are [...]

Polycarbonate 3D Printing

By |2019-07-08T14:03:47-05:00July 8th, 2019|3D Printing|

Polycarbonate 3D Printing The strong mechanical properties of polycarbonate make it useful for a variety of applications and have led to its frequent use in many industries. It is most recognized for its use as food containers and bulletproof glass. In this article, we’ll discuss what polycarbonate is, its common applications, the challenges to [...]

3D Printed Medical Devices

By |2019-06-27T16:04:32-05:00June 27th, 2019|3D Printing|

3D Printed Medical Devices  Advancements in the medical field have led to more efficient treatment and better overall care for patients. In recent years, 3D printing has contributed to these advancements, emerging as a faster, more cost-effective method to customizing patient care. In this article, we’ll discuss how 3D printing is furthering medical treatment [...]

How Much Does 3D Printing Cost?

By |2019-06-17T14:08:12-05:00June 17th, 2019|3D Printing|

How Much Does 3D Printing Cost? There are several variables that contribute to the cost of 3D printing, including print time, the type of material used, and post-processing labor. Many 3D printing service companies will bill based on an hourly rate, while others may bill according to cubic inches or a combination of both. [...]

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