Injection molding is the manufacturing process that is responsible for producing most of the plastic parts that we come in contact with each day.  The injection molding process is capable of producing a wide range of    designs; however, it is a long one that does not allow for easy changes.  It is for this reason that Quickparts has created a new injection molding concept called Proto-duction tooling.

Prototype in Cavity-1, Production in Cavity-2, 3, 4 when ready

Quickparts has perfected the process of building “Proto-duction” tooling, also known as ‘Prototype-to-Production” tooling. This type of tooling is production steel multi-cavity tooling, with the 1st cavity being the prototype tool. When the 1st cavity is constructed, sampled, adjusted, and approved, then the remaining cavities are built to match the prototype cavity. The result is a production multi-cavity steel injection mold tool, in half the time of the traditional 2-step process of building a stand-alone prototype tool, then a multi-cavity production tool.Construction timelines have been reduced, since the typical ‘prototype’ tooling phase tightly integrates with the construction of the production tool.

Overall tooling cost is reduced, since stand-alone prototype tooling is avoided. Financial risk is mitigated, since you don’t order the construction of the remaining production cavities until the prototype cavity is approved.Proto-duction Tooling is a cost effective way to produce prototype and production tooling. There are no geometry limits, no volume limits and no manufacturing limits on your part. Any commercially available material can be used in the production of the part and any surface finish can be applied.

Want to learn more about Proto-duction tooling?  Visit Quickparts to find out how proto-duction can work for you at http://www.quickparts.com/ToolingProduction/ProductionInjection.aspx.