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Any hobby injection molders for hire? [message #44998] Wed, 07 March 2012 03:46 UTC Go to next message
avatar poolster  is currently offline poolster
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I would like to get 2000 parts of a small 2.5" x 2.5" product made to test market it. It's not economical to have it 3D printed in this volume and it's not economical to make a cheap aluminium mold for a small production run.

Here's a guy who made a 3D printed plastic injection mold and made parts with a desktop injection mold press.
http://www.rhinofablab.com/profiles/blogs/rhinomade-3d-print ed-mold-for

If I made the 3D printed mold, is there anyone who would like to make 2000 parts for me using this process? Or does anyone have a better idea?

[Updated on: Wed, 07 March 2012 03:48 UTC]

Re: Any hobby injection molders for hire? [message #45003 is a reply to message #44998 ] Wed, 07 March 2012 04:42 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar aeron203  is currently offline aeron203
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Proto Labs has a service called Protomold that is well matched to your application. Aluminum is probably your best bet, and it is fairly affordable. If a few dollars per part doesn't work for you, I have to wonder whether what you are selling is worth making. Plastic things with a value below that quickly end up in the trash, and producing such objects does not make the world a better place.

[Updated on: Wed, 07 March 2012 15:11 UTC]


Aaron - 40westdesigns.com/blog
Re: Any hobby injection molders for hire? [message #45208 is a reply to message #45003 ] Sat, 10 March 2012 06:44 UTC Go to previous message
avatar poolster  is currently offline poolster
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Thanks.

 
   
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