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Plastic Injection Molding Done Your Way

From prototype, to pilot, to production parts, Xometry's custom online Injection Molding service combines the latest Injection Molding processes with proprietary technology and an experienced Injection Molding manufacturing team to deliver high quality, on-demand injection molded parts. Xometry utilizes a network of over a thousand top plastic injection molding companies - including a wide range of rapid Injection Molding machines - to provide services from tool design, to manufacturing feasibility, to production runs of simple and complex parts and multi-component assemblies.

Our key capabilities include:

  • Quotes in 24 hours
  • Multi-cavity, family molds
  • Free DFM feedback; our team guides you through the steps in the molding process
  • Insert molding
  • Overmolding
  • Tight tolerances
  • Unlimited undercuts
  • Custom colors
  • Complex and large parts
  • Variety of mold construction, mold material strategies
  • First Article Inspections/Dimensional reports/PPAP
  • ISO 9001 & ISO 13485
  • Machine presses in the 50 to 2,000 ton range
  • All industry standard materials available

Plus, with Xometry you own the mold, providing you with greater flexibility and control over your manufacturing process. You get injection molded parts your way, not according to someone else's production constraints.

Advantages of Injection Molding

Scalability

Molding can be the ideal process for custom production runs of 250-25,000+ parts.

Rapid Turnaround

Using our vetted Partner Network, Xometry is able to produce top quality Molded parts in as little as 10 business days.

Efficiency

In higher volumes, custom molding with Xometry produces significantly less waste than other manufacturing processes.

Part Production

Piece price is significantly lower with Molding vs other processes, particularly as production quantities increase into the thousands.

Strength

Molded parts will generally perform better than the same part CNC Machined from the same material. Careful selection of the resins allow for a wide range of corrosion resistance and chemical and solvent compatibility.

Precision

Molds are CNC machined to high precision, high tolerances and are able to produce thousands of identical parts with very small and intricate details.

Injection Molding Processes

Thermoplastic Injection Molding

We are able to deliver top quality plastic injection molded parts in as little as 10 business days. Xometry's Manufacturing Partner Network can help you design and manufacture tools, dies, and molds for rapid tooling for prototyping to advanced mold making for production runs. Full injection molding capabilities including insert molding, overmolding, unlimited undercuts, and internal/external threads are available.

Mold Making

Our vetted network of partners allow us to quickly convert your 3D part data into a high-quality injection mold at top speed. We offer services from design and manufacturing for tools, dies, and molds for prototyping and production runs. Plastic blow molds, aluminum and steel tooling, 2-shot and 3-shot molding are also available. And with Xometry, you own your own tools, so our partner network also offers mold maintenance services.

Overmolding

Our network is skilled at overmolding. With overmolding, one material, usually a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE/TPV), is molded onto a second material, which is often a rigid plastic. Think about your toothbrush handle where the single piece has both rigid and rubbery components. It’s a great way to make plastic parts perform and look better.

Insert Molding

Xometry now also offers insert molding as part of its injection molding capabilities. For a free insert molding design review and quote, upload your CAD files here. Our expert team of injection molders will get back to you within 24 hours.

Injection Molding Materials

Available rigid plastic varieties:

  • ABS
  • Acetal POM [Delrin]
  • Acrylic (PMMA)
  • High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Nylon 6
  • Nylon 6/6
  • PBT
  • PC-PBT (Xenoy)
  • PEEK
  • PEI [Ultem]
  • PLA
  • Polycarbonate
  • Polypropylene
  • PPE-PS
  • PPS
  • PSU
  • PVC

Get a quote or learn more about rigid plastics.

Available flexible plastic varieties:

  • Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
  • PC-ABS
  • PET
  • Polyethylene
  • Polystyrene

Get a quote or learn more about flexible plastics.

Available rubber-like plastic varieties:

  • TPE
  • TPV

Get a quote or learn more about rubber-like plastics.

Injection Molding Finishes

SPI B-1

600 Grit Paper. Typical Application: Medium polish parts.

SPI B-2

400 Grit Paper. Typical Application: Medium polish parts.

SPI B-3

320 Grit Paper. Typical Application: Medium- Low polish parts.

SPI C-1

600 Stone. Typical Application: Low polish parts.

SPI C-2

400 Stone. Typical Application: Low polish parts.

SPI C-3

320 Stone. Typical Application: Low polish parts.

SPI D-1

Dry Blast Glass Bead. Typical Application: Satin Finish

SPI D-2

Dry Blast #240 Oxide. Typical Application: Dull Finish

SPI D-3

Dry Blast #24 Oxide. Typical Application: Dull Finish

As Machined

No secondary polishing or grinding. Part will show tooling marks.

Applications for Injection Molding

Rapid Prototyping

Although molding is best suited for medium to high volumes, the use of low cost tooling allows molded parts to be produced very rapidly and cost effectively. In almost every case, a molded part will outperform the same 3D printed or machined part from the same material. And depending on the part geometries and the material selected, low cost tooling can last for many tens of thousands of parts.

End-Use Production

Molding is best known for producing production parts in the many thousands or even millions. With the advent of newer higher strength materials and fillers such as glass and carbon fiber, parts previously made out of metal are being replaced wit molded parts to save weight and fight corrosion.

Certifications

ISO 9001, ISO 13485, UL, ITAR, ISO 7 & 8 Medical Clean Room (contact us)

Overview: What is Injection Molding?

The Basics of Injection Molding

Injection molding is one of the most often-used manufacturing processes for creating plastic parts. Thanks to its high-precision, repeatability, and cost efficiency at scale, injection molding is used to make a variety of products and parts from the smallest medical insert up to large automotive & aerospace parts.

How Injection Molding Works

The injection molding process requires an injection molding machine, raw plastic material, and a machined mold. The raw plastic material is first melted in the injection unit and is then injected into the mold — most often machined from steel or aluminum — where it cools and solidifies into the final plastic part.

The key steps in the injection molding process are:

  1. Clamping: The two sides of the mold are closed and clamped shut.
  2. Injection: The material is fed into the machine and pushed towards the mold. While this is happening, the material is melted by heat and pressure. The plastic is then injected into the mold — this is called the “shot.”
  3. Cooling: The plastic in the mold cools and solidifies into the shape of the part.
  4. Ejection: After the part cools, it is ejected from the mold.

Benefits of Injection Molding

Custom injection molding offers a number of benefits not found in other manufacturing processes. Due to the high-pressure nature of the injection molding process, it is much easier to manufacture parts with detailed features or complex geometries that would be too costly for typical CNC machining processes. The ability to use your mold over and over again for a long period of time leads to an extremely high production output rate which is more cost effective and efficient than other manufacturing processes. Lastly, different injection molding processes, such as overmolding and insert molding, allow you to create plastic parts with unique characteristics such as enhanced strength, soft-grip surfaces, or added flexibility. Also beneficial is the ability to combine multiple assembly processes into one injection molding process.

Injection Molding Glossary

To learn more about molding, check out our injection molding glossary.

Industries that use Injection Molding

Injection Molding is used in rapid prototyping and producing pilot and high-volume production parts in a wide range of industries. It is frequently used in industries such as medical, packaging, automotive, consumer electronics, building/construction, and robotics.

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