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A turn knob from Proto Labs shows a metal insert with a thermoplastic molded part

A turn knob from Proto Labs shows a metal insert with a thermoplastic molded part.

Proto Labs Announces Services for Rapid Insert Molding

Proto Labs Inc., a quick-turn manufacturer that offers a range of insert molding services, is featuring its new insert-molding service at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim in booth #3415. The new capability will enable Proto Labs to produce 25 to 10,000 insert-molded parts in 15 days or less. 

“We’re delighted to now be delivering a new service that designers and developers have been asking us for,” said Proto Labs CEO Vicki Holt. “As we help companies large and small accelerate their product development with our digital manufacturing methods, insert molding offers another important tool for these companies to make prototype or end-use parts as quickly as possible.”

Insert molding creates a finished part by overmolding, or covering, an insert with a thermoplastic material. Inserts are generally metal parts that can reinforce the mechanical properties, like the strength, of plastic components while decreasing their overall weight. Metal inserts are placed into the mold to form the part. 

“With quick-turn insert molding services at Proto Labs, I was able to receive functional prototypes in weeks,” said Chris Mazzucco, Design and Development Engineer at Zebra Technologies. Zebra Technologies is an Illinois-based information technology company that manufactures and sells marking, tracking and computer printing technologies.

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