how we do it –

let’s start with your project!

We start with your 3D Solid part file. This can be a native Solidworks file, trimmed surface iges file or step file. This in turn is machined with CNC machinery into a mold. We have turned this process into a science and can complete in a matter of days what takes our competitors months to do.  Once the mold is machined, samples are shot in a conventional injection molding machine. The final parts you receive are REAL WORLD parts! And done in an incredibly fast time frame!

What to Expect –

 

OUR PROCESS
CONSIST OF 3 BASIC STEPS

YOU SUPPLY US YOUR 3D PART FILE GEOMETRY TO QUOTE FROM ALONG WITH THE BASIC DETAILS OF YOUR PART.

WE WILL CALL YOU AND HAVE A SHORT DESIGN REVIEW OVER THE PHONE. THIS HELPS US GIVE YOU A MORE ACCURATE QUOTE AND ALLOWS US TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.

ONCE THE QUOTE IS ACCEPTED, YOU SIMPLY PLACE AN ORDER AND IN JUST A MATTER OF DAYS YOU RECEIVE YOUR PARTS! WE MAKE IT EASY!

Design Requirements

In developing our unique rapid injection molding and tooling process, we developed some suggestions for those wishing to use our service.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Part Size

Overall part size cannot exceed 7.5 inches in any direction.

Draft Angles

Draft angles are not necessary in many cases, however industry standard draft is recommended.  Textured parts require draft.

Undercuts/Side Actions

Yes. Undercuts and side actions are no problem. Even internal and external threads are possible. Parts with a collapsible core design are also possible.

Insert Molding

Yes. We regularly do insert molding.

Overmolding

Yes. We regularly do projects with overmolded soft grips over rigid substrates.

Cavity Life

Cavity life is guaranteed for 2 Million parts.  10 DAY PARTS backs this guarantee on all of its molds. There are NO maintenance charges on tooling.

Fillet Radii

Fillet radii should be included in all part designs. Generally, a minimum of .010 radius should be used.

Tolerances

Normal part tolerances are +/- .005 of an inch on all dimensions an inch or less. Dimensions over 1 inch add .001 per inch. Tolerances for critical dimensions can be held closer in specific areas called out prior to the tool build. These can be held as tight as +/- .001 or .002 depending on part design and material.

Part Weight

Part weight must be at least .1 gram, but not more than 210 grams (approx. 7 oz.)

Material

Most all injection grade materials can be molded, even filled materials with glass or carbon fiber are fine. Typical rigid materials include ABS, Polycarbonate, PC/ABS, Acetal, Nylon, PPS, Polypropylene, Polyethelene, PEI, and Polyester. Typical flexable materials include TPUs, TPEs and soft PVCs. Materials requiring a hot mold can also be molded (i.e. Ultem, PEEK, etc.) however, the maximum mold temperature cannot exceed 450 Degrees F.

Color

Most materials can be colored. Generally speaking, if a custom color is required,  the delivery date will be affected.

Surface Finish

Surface finishes can range from a mirror finish to a textured finish. Optical wavelength surfaces are not possible. A satin finish is the most common and will not show fingerprints (recommended).

Secondary Operations

We offer a wide variety of secondary operations for our customers, including post-molding machining oper­ations, pad printing, ultrasonic welding, cosmetic paint decorations, surface treatment for shielding, light assembly, custom packag­ing and more.

English or Metric

Electronic data files for part geometry can be submitted in either English or Metric.

Media Transfer

3D file required. You must provide a solid model part file preferably a Solidworks .sldprt file or a 3D trimmed surface .IGS or STEP file.  Please call to let us help you with your quote.

We receive many requests to quote to 2D drawings alone, and although we would love to accomodate each request, due to the volume received and the nature of our process, unfortunately we must decline. We only utilize part drawings for quality inspection purposes and not for machining. Drawings should be supplied in PDF format