Building on its popular rapid injection moulding offerings, Proto Labs has officially launched its overmolding service, capable of delivering 25 to 10,000+ custom overmolded parts in 15 days or less.
Product designers and engineers use overmolding to improve grip and durability, dampen vibration, and to add two-colour aesthetics to parts. The process can also reduce manufacturing costs by simplifying multi-part assemblies. As the name implies, overmolded parts go through a multi-step process, which results in common products like tool handles, personal care products, medical devices and more. The speed at which these parts can be created with Proto Labs’ rapid injection molding services is unprecedented. Proto Labs’ overmolding process uses engineering grade thermoplastics and liquid silicone rubber materials to create overmolded prototypes and end-use production parts.
“This is a game-changer,” said Proto Labs CEO Vicki Holt. “Proto Labs is focused on accelerating product development, and the introduction of rapid overmolding gives designers and developers at the world’s largest companies one more tool to make high-quality prototype or low-volume production parts as quickly as possible.”
“Proto Labs was able to deliver high-quality, overmolded parts in just 15 days from the time I placed the order. This turnaround time allowed me to validate my design — using production grade materials — much sooner than ever before,” said Michael Ackner, a senior mechanical engineer at Smiths Medical and early Proto Labs overmolding customer.
Proto Labs is exhibiting its new overmolding capabilities and other rapid manufacturing processes at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago this week.
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