The act of prototyping is typically performed to test various part designs to create the best product, and sometimes it’s required to show multiple design elements to prospective investors. Regardless, prototype development is integral to the plastic injection molding process, as the final product should mirror the designer’s image. However, there are often time constraints on part manufacturing, so individually prototyping different molds can be wasteful. That’s where rapid part prototyping comes in to play.[Read more…] about Rapid Part Prototyping: Why to Include Manufacturers During Design
It appears 3D printing and injection molding are at odds with each other, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. 3D printing and injection molding are not competing technologies so much as they are complimentary. They both primarily produce parts from plastics, capable of high degrees of geometric complexity, and are used for manufacturing and rapid prototype generation. There is a need for both types of this technology in manufacturing.