Objectives

Companies who use this process generally have the following objectives:

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Simulate conventional injection molding to quickly obtain parts and assemble multiple prototypes to extensively test a product and validate its market potential or develop a production line.

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Benefit from the advantages of urethane casting to design and produce large, complex parts with equal or better quality than conventional injection methods could achieve.

Benefits

Cast parts can be used to make enclosures for electronic, scientific and medical devices, or motor sports products.

In all cases, short-run production of urethane and silicone parts offers significant advantages if:

  • The mass-produced parts would be made using conventional injection molding.
  • The parts have complex details and both thin and thick walls.
  • The required quantity is low (10 to 250 units/year).
  • The tooling budget is limited.
  • The design is likely to change regularly.
  • The product’s appearance matters and must reflect its inherent qualities and superiority on the market.
  • The earnings from sales of the product fully justify an investment in the parts’ manufacturing.