Thanks to additive manufacturing, Injex can complete injection molds in less than 24 hours. You no longer have to wait several months for first samples - That's now a thing of the past. Typical lead times from receipt of order to shipment of injection molded prototypes are three to five business days.
With the prototypes manufactured at Injex, tests can quickly be carried out for series production. Possible weaknesses in the design are detected in the shortest possible time and can be eliminated. Thus, the loss of time and the associated costs for design iteration are reduced massively. This is why Injex is used as standard for the validation of injection molded components prior to series production.
Injection molding tools made of aluminum are often used when the risk for a steel tool is still too high and only some components from the series material are needed. However, 3D printed tools from Injex are still significantly cheaper than milled aluminum tools. Experience shows that the costs are three to five times lower. Especially for geometries that require slides, core pulls or other sophisticated tool components, the price difference is significant, and there's no more need for designs to be "metal-safe".
Injection molding rapid prototypes are most suitable for small series up to about 50 pieces. Usually series of ten to 20 pieces are produced. For larger quantities, the direction is injection molded small series. The maximum shot weight of these prototypes is 10 grams. Depending on the material used and the component geometry, it can also be considerably less.
One of the biggest advantages of rapid prototype production at Injex is the choice of materials. No matter if it is a biocompatible polypropylene, a conductive LCP or a high-flow PEEK. We already have over three hundred different materials in stock and through our network of suppliers tens of thousands more types are available in a very short time.
However, the choice of materials is not limited to thermoplastics, but also includes ceramics, steel and other metals, silicones and elastomers.