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Prototype Injection Molded Parts – Process Guidelines 

A Guide to Injection Molding Prototypes Prototype injection molding is a manufacturing process that involves creating a physical plastic prototype or sample of a plastic product using injection molding techniques. It is a highly versatile and efficient method of producing small quantities of complex plastic parts with precision and speed.  Prototype injection molding is widely used across various industries to streamline the product development process, reduce design risk, reduce time-to-market, and ensure the optimal design and performance of new products before investing in high-cost, multi-cavity production tooling. What are Prototypes? A prototype is a preliminary physical model of a new

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Material Selection: How Do I Specify the Right Plastic for My Product Application

There are over 60,000 different grades of plastics and growing each year.  If you are developing a product that requires selection of a plastic, it can be quite a daunting task to determine the best plastic for your application among so many choices.  This article shares the methods we use to help our clients with material selection. Searching an Online Material Database There are a few online material databases but the one that we use most often is a well-organized site called Matweb.com which details the properties of many materials including plastics, metals, ceramics, etc.  While the website does have

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How Should I Prototype? Machined Parts, Print 3D Parts, or Fabricate a Prototype Mold

How should I prototype? Machined parts, print 3D parts, or fabricate a prototype mold Introduction Once a design engineer completes the first draft of their product design, the next step is to create a plan for how it will be fabricated, tested, and developed. There are three basic methods of prototype fabrication: 1) CNC machining, 2)

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How Much Does it Cost to Manufacture Plastic Parts?

Plastics are a very good fit for manufacturing and their use becomes, even more, cost-effective as volume increases.  Plastics are used to fabricate products in every major industry such as medical, automotive, electronics, housewares, etc due to their cost advantages.  Besides cost, plastics are often used in high-volume manufacturing due to the consistency of parts and the wide range of mechanical properties available through plastic material selection.  The purpose of this article is to inform you about how plastic part pricing is determined in manufacturing and how the number of cavities is driven by sales forecasts The Basic Economics of

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10 Key Features to Look for in a Prototype Molder

If you are looking to hire a prototype molder there are several key features that you should look for as you compare molding partners that are critical to the success of your project.

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Which Factors Determine Molded Part Accuracy?

You may have wondered which factors determine molded part accuracy and therefore the tolerances of the injection molded parts from both prototype and production molders. It’s a complex question that I will try to explain. Some factors that are within the molder’s control and some are not. The following factors determine molded part accuracy during mold fabrication and molding

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Dana Taylor
Dana Taylor
2024-01-17
If you're in need of a molding prototype shop, Dylann and Jimmy at Protoshop are sure to not only meet but exceed your expectations. Their team demonstrates remarkable responsiveness and proactiveness, contributing to an exceptionally efficient overall process. The speed at which they deliver top-notch work is truly impressive. Protoshop's commitment to customer satisfaction is apparent in their flexibility and willingness to closely collaborate with clients to address specific needs. An exemplary instance of this was their accommodation of our request to have our customer onsite for part evaluation and mold changes while we were present. What sets Protoshop apart is not solely their technical proficiency but also their dedication to providing valuable insights and design advice. Their expertise extends beyond standard projects, showcasing proficiency in handling complex components for diverse applications, be it over-molded sealing parts or flexible components. In conclusion, if you're on the lookout for a reliable and efficient partner for your manufacturing and molding requirements, I wholeheartedly recommend Protoshop. Their combination of expertise, responsiveness, and commitment to customer satisfaction makes them an exceptional choice for a variety of projects.
Brittany Mason
Brittany Mason
2023-06-06
I have worked with Photoshop on several mold designs over the past year. From the moment I reached out to them with an inquiry, they were prompt in their communication and eager to assist me. I have greatly appreciated and benefited from their extensive expertise and prompt feedback. They consistently offering valuable suggestions and insights that ultimately saved us money in the overall design. As for the quality of work they provided, Dylann and her team have always come through. If any issues do arise, they have been quick to offer solutions and kept us up to date throughout the whole process. If you're looking for a reliable partner for your plastics molding needs, I would check them out.
Stacie Depner
Stacie Depner
2022-10-18
Having worked with Dylann and Jimmy prior to Protoshop, I knew the immense level of expertise they have for this business and it proved to carry through. They are honest straight shooters that will help guide you and find the best solution for your molds. We needed a mild that could be versatile and allow us to easily change out one side of the design. Dylann helped us come up with an approach that will allow us to continuously iteration the design without having to make a whole new mold every time.
Chad Follmar
Chad Follmar
2022-08-23
Dylann and team are wonderful to work with. On multiple programs, they have delivered quality product in a matter of days. The design for moldability support is unparalled to ensure your part is ready to order.
Garrett Garner
Garrett Garner
2022-06-15
We work regularly with Protoshop on a variety of complex components for various projects. They are an excellent company to work with providing a vast history of experience to help their clients optimize designs. We have worked with them on microfluidic chips with small feature sizes, over molded sealing parts and flexible parts. They have experience working with many materials including Topas (COC), polycarbonate, TPE, PE, and PP. I would highly recommend reaching out on your next project. The team is very responsive to design changes as well as delivering to tight timelines. They also offer design advice and best practices which have helped expedite design iterations.
Steven Soeder
Steven Soeder
2022-06-13
Great experience with Protoshop. Dylann is extremely responsive and great to work with. Very fast turn-around. Worked with us on our order to get what we needed. I was able to drop ship 3d printed parts from another vendor to Protoshop to have them match-fit and incorporated into our tooling. I will be back again.
Wendell Woidyla
Wendell Woidyla
2022-05-31
Dylann at Protoshop is excellent to work with: highly responsive and proactive. This is possibly the fastest, high-quality work I have ever witnessed. 1 week...from payment (start) to delivery (after CTQ measurements at Protoshop), we had 100 test samples of a component we intend to use in high volume manufacturing. Thank you for the tremendous work! I would highly recommend Protoshop, and will plan to use Protoshop services in the future.