There are compelling reasons to stick with a tried-and-true rapid injection molding process. The finish is usually better because 3D printing often creates a stair-step effect. Part size is often limited in 3D printing. And molds often must withstand temperatures to 500 F.

3D printing versus injection molding

Monday, March 14, 2016

Many 3D printing proponents say 3D printing is a great alternative to injection molding for your mold needs. But is it really? Here’s a look at the arguments…

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Will 3D Printing be the demise of Plastic Injection Molding?

Friday, February 19, 2016

By Denny Scher Some observers of the plastics manufacturing industry, especially those with a vested interest, would like to have you believe that 3D printing is going to…

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Injection molding helps make healing fun

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

As most health care practitioners know, getting a patient to follow directions is often the hardest task, especially when you are working with such age groups as the…

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Proto Labs launches rapid Magnesium injection molding service

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Proto Labs, Inc. introduced magnesium injection molding into its current rapid manufacturing services. This injection molding process helps engineers prototype using the same materials and processes used for…

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Master Class: How to use 3D printing for injection molds

Thursday, July 30, 2015

While not the most glamorous or “sexy” application for 3D printing, using this technology to obtain molds for injection molding is one of the key applications of this…

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Albright Technologies adds silicone injection molding

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Albright Technologies announced the introduction of liquid silicone injection molding services for prototype and low volume production purposes. Albright recently acquired several injection molding presses for its operation….

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A primer on rapid prototyping

Monday, June 15, 2015

Digital Manufacturing is probably a new term for many. In Brian Underdahl’s book, Proto Labs Special Edition Digital Manufacturing for Dummies, the author combines CNC machining, injection molding…

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How to move from 3D printing to injection molding

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Additive manufacturing has a firm place in product development, but how and when do you transition from 3D printing to molding? Jean Thilmany, Proto Labs Call it 3D…

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Medical-grade liquid silicone rubber

Monday, May 4, 2015

Proto Labs Inc. introduced medical-grade liquid silicone rubber (LSR) material to its quick-turn injection molding capabilities. The rapid manufacturing company now offers Dow Corning QP1-250 moldable silicone in…

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3D printing is helping engineers create a smart earplug sleep aid

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The wearable device market is exploding. One type of wearable product focuses on collecting data on your sleep, but that’s about all it does–collect data. Thus, there’s a…

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