WIRED: Affordable Injection Molding Transforms Tinkerers Into Tycoons

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  01 January 2013
WIRED: Affordable Injection Molding Transforms Tinkerers Into Tycoons


While everyone is talking about the 3-D printing industrial revolution, Protomold is helping tinkerers become tycoons by making mass-production injection molding technology accessible for easily customized short-run batches and their recent expansion of materials lets designers produce almost anything they need.

3-D printing something like a cellphone case can take hours unacceptable when makers need mass quantities. In order to cost-effectively produce products in big batches, traditional manufacturing processes like injection molding are still the best option. Unfortunately, companies that specialize in these processes want to work on huge-volume projects, leaving the little guy, or even a moderately successful Kickstarter project, with few options.

Protomold has stepped in to provide servicing to those makers who need small orders by being able to produce 50-5,000 injection-molded parts in one business day with prices starting at $1,495 for a production tool, and each produced part costing a couple dollars or less. The experience isn't much different than ordering business cards online. A designer uploads their CAD file, chooses from a few preset options, and shelf-worthy injection-molded parts arrive on their doorstep.

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  01 January 2013
Wow, that's sounds awesome, I've been looking into this type of things and even the cheapest options have been pretty expensive, this is very good
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  01 January 2013
Thanks Roberto, we are going to put this to use immediately. We are preparing some models for quotes right now.
  01 January 2013
oh this is sweet.. i had an idea many years ago and looked into injection molded parts, the costs were so ridiculous.
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  01 January 2013
Excellent article > company bookmarked !

  01 January 2013
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