12 Jan Medical Device Rapid Prototyping via Plastic Injection Molding Services
Medical Device Rapid Prototyping via Plastic Injection Molding Services
Plastic injection molding offers some extremely valuable benefits to the rapid prototyping process. Namely, injection molding services provide a unique combination of speed, cost-effectiveness, and material versatility, along with the ability to handle highly customized, potentially complex medical prototype designs.
The quickness and efficiency of the process helps us achieve a shorter product development timeline. It’s especially conducive to multiple phases of iterative design – a staple in modern medical prototyping. Simultaneously, injection molding yields high-quality prototypes that maintain a high degree of fidelity to the final product. The result is substantially reduced lead times and a more streamlined path to market.
Rapid Injection Molding (RIM) – A Staple in Modern Medical Prototyping
Rapid prototyping has become increasingly critical in today’s medical industry – largely due to new, quickly evolving technologies and the extremely precise performance requirements that they come with. In other words, there’s a constant stream of new products in development to accommodate emerging medical processes and requirements.
Meanwhile, medical products carry some of the strictest requirements for quality control on the market, so it’s especially important to ensure precision and performance through a robust prototyping process. Enter SRC Medical, one of the leading American medical manufacturers specializing in product development and prototyping services for the healthcare sector, pharmaceutical industry and beyond.
The Advantages of Injection Molding for Rapid Medical Prototyping Applications:
Rapid Injection Molding (RIM) Is Quick and Efficient
To sum up the advantages: plastic injection molding facilitates the rapid production of quality prototype parts. The ability to create complex and detailed components with precision significantly expedites the iterative design process, allowing for much quicker testing and validation of each unique design. We can execute any changes to product design much more quickly than most traditional prototyping methods to significantly reduce your overall development timeline.
A Cost-Effective Prototyping Process
In comparison to competing prototyping methods – such as CNC machining or other plastic molding methods – injection molding is often more economical, especially for large quantities of prototypes. Once we’ve created your initial mold, we can manufacture subsequent parts much more cost-effectively, further minimizing your overall costs.
Material Versatility and Flexibility
Plastic injection molding is compatible with a wide range of materials that all offer varying properties and performance benefits. We are able to closely simulate the intended final product and identify any material issues in the process. In some cases, we may potentially adopt more optimal and/or cost-effective materials through design for manufacturability (DFM). The material versatility of injection molding ensures that prototypes accurately represent the material characteristics, mechanical properties, and aesthetics of your intended end products.
High Precision and Consistency
The injection molding process is known for its ability to produce high-precision and consistent parts. We find this invaluable in the realm of medical prototyping, as it enables the creation of prototypes that closely match the final product’s specifications. We can achieve tight tolerances and detailed features repeatably, ensuring a more accurate representation of the end product.
Ease of Scalability from Prototype to Production
Plastic injection molding is inherently scalable, making it suitable for both low-volume and high-volume production runs. In many cases, we can seamlessly transition from prototyping to production using the same tooling and processes. It’s generally a much more streamlined affair than switching from one manufacturing process to another when transitioning from prototype to production.
Quality American Injection Molding Services Since 1972
One of the Massachusetts region’s leading medical manufacturers, SRC Medical is an ISO 13485:2016 certified company specializing in rapid prototyping services. Our company is backed by more than half a century of innovation and experience in the manufacturing of quality medical devices and components.