Digital Manufacturing | Robust Supply Chain For Custom Injection Molding

Digital Manufacturing | Robust Supply Chain For Custom Injection Molding

Rapid Digital Manufacturing: Linking Plastic Injection Molding To The Global Supply Chain

Digital manufacturing is critical for achieving one of the post-pandemic goals: a robust and sustainable supply chain. One that can maintain the flow of business in any global climate.

This is because it links all areas of production. Digital manufacturing uses technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and Machine Learning (ML) to connect services, supply chains, products, and processes.

In doing so, it provides greater visibility into the entire supply chain. And this level of insight helps companies to identify (and predict) potential kinks in the supply chain.

Essentially, smarter manufacturing.

And now, as we emerge from a global pandemic that exposed alarming weaknesses in the supply chain, we are finding new ways that digital manufacturing can enable a robust supply chain.

For example, choosing a rapid manufacturing partner that leverages digital manufacturing. Never thought about digital manufacturing and your manufacturing partners in the same sentence? Think again.

What is rapid manufacturing?

Rapid or digital manufacturing is a natural progression from traditional manufacturing. The capabilities afforded by digitization, automation and data connectivity translate into reduced costs, and increased efficiencies. These capabilities can even be used in injection molding.

So how does it work? Each process step is streamlined to accommodate quicker turnaround times with low-cost automated solutions.

Digital manufacturing process for plastic injection molding

The process is entirely digitized. First, request a custom injection molding quote and upload a 3D CAD file onto our servers. Next, part geometry and requirements are analyzed using our proprietary software. Then, an interactive quote is available online.

Upon approval an order is generated and the mold design is finalized within hours – together with the toolpath programming.

Using modular construction and standardized components, mold components are then machined, usually within a few days. After benching and mold finishing, the tool is assembled for first shots and inspection.

This process, achieved through rapid molding, will give your part a lead time of weeks instead of months. The average price? A fraction of the cost for traditional molding.

The capacity that’s available for you to get your part made? Your lead time is always the priority. It’s made in the USA with as many sourced mold materials and resins that can be procured in the allotted time.

As a result, digital manufacturing naturally accelerates every step of the process and reduces the labor intensity while driving the scale of your project.

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Digital manufacting: scale production to meet market demand

Post-COVID-19 we are faced with uncertainties in the market. Digital manufacturing enables us to scale production to help you meet market demand.

For example, consider a complex syringe. It may consist of three, distinct injection-molded parts. Before new production runs are needed to meet supply and demand, the product manager may have a revision to one of the components, driven by departmental standards.

In traditional manufacturing, the retooling investment may push the break- even manufacturing numbers into the thousands – a cost-prohibitive change for many smaller businesses. Digital manufacturing, in comparison, can implement that small design change for approximately a quarter of the investment in a quarter of the time.

Our unique ability to accommodate complex designs is our asset

Your designers have fewer roadblocks, freeing them to work on new projects instead of going back to the drawing board to modify their designs so they can be produced.

Rapid results let your team respond quickly to market requirements with the best product they can design – a competitive edge that keeps your company on top. Without design rework or months-long lead times, innovation can boost your company’s results.

Two optional digital manufacturing services: inspection and project management

The digital manufacturing process at Xcentric is a very rapid and seamless process. The key components of this process include cost, quality, automation and speed to market, which allows customers to go through the iteration process once or numerous times, if necessary, at a very quick speed. By following these steps, customers can maintain their existing quality controls, while developing good parts getting them to market faster.

There are two optional services in this process: inspection and project management.

Digital inspection allows for rapid feedback and tool modifications, if necessary. Experienced Tooling Engineers interface directly with designers during the entire process, providing expert advice and problem solving at any time, which is critical to ensure successful and fast product manufacturing.

In fact, shorter lead times from concept to development can create new-market discoveries. Previously untapped revenue streams that were potentially out of reach can be viable, thanks to new technologies, transforming how companies like yours do business.

Low-cost tooling, development and production have been streamlined so low-production runs are economical enough to test on select markets and use the feedback as an optimized learning curve.

Should demand rapidly increase, the rapid manufacturing process can transition between low-volume to mass production. In turn, that allows you to react to market behaviors quickly and easily, reduce your time to market for increased competitiveness and resolve any potential problems before they impact your shipments.

In instances where production inadvertently slows, rapid manufacturing allows you to make adjustments while still achieving the lowest total cost. That means regardless of the market’s volatility, rapid manufacturing lets you respond accordingly.

Digital manufacturing offers benefits across multiple touchpoints: reducing your time to market, labor overhead and asset utilization, giving you more opportunities for quality control and inventory management. These advantages allow you to explore new revenue streams, develop and enhance innovative designs and respond to market demands. The digital age can transform your company and give your designers the freedom they need to create, develop and enhance in one streamlined methodology. The future is here. Make it work for you.

 

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Fast Shipping! 13-Day Standard | Injection Molding

Fast Shipping! 13-Day Standard | Injection Molding

Need Fast Shipping For Injection Molding? Xcentric Now Offers 13-Day Standard Delivery!

Fast shipping – yes! We are excited to offer injection molding customers Xcentric Fast shipping, our new 13-day standard delivery – a full 48 hours less than the previous standard delivery, to support their clients in meeting growing customer demands.

“Most of our clients have expressed their struggle to meet the increased market pressure to get products to market faster,” said Mark Strobel, Vice President of Marketing at Xcentric. “Our new, 13-day standard delivery time is a business solution that helps our clients meet their customers’ demand for a near-continuous flow of new products and enhanced features.”

By meeting this need, Xcentric is able to provide services that are even more customer focused. This is all part of the company’s desire to create lasting relationships with their clients and to let customers know that Xcentric is more than just aware of current customer needs – they’re doing something about it.

Xcentric actively works to continuously improve their production process. The reduced standard delivery time applies to the most common sizes of injection-molded components that are produced in one of more than 50 stock materials.

When speaking to clients about how this new decrease in shipping will positively affect their bottom line, Strobel said, “[It’s] 2 full days off our previous standard delivery times. That means you get 2 additional days to optimize your design, conduct what-if analysis, or squeeze in that last new part feature while still meeting your go-to-market targets.”

Additional shipping options allow customers to select even faster, expedited levels of shipping which can reduce shipping time to as few as five (5) business days. These expedited shipping options are based on the complexity of design and materials chosen. Xcentric Fast

Xcentric Mold & Engineering was founded in 1997 as a quick-turn plastic injection molding manufacturer. Since then, Xcentric has expanded its services to include CNC Machining, Rapid Prototyping, and 3D Printing. From Fortune 100 companies to start-ups throughout America, Xcentric creates parts for customers in a wide variety of industries such as healthcare, aerospace, automotive, and defense.

To learn more about Xcentric Mold & Engineering’s faster delivery time, or to speak with a team member about how this change can affect your business, contact us at 586-598-4636.

Prototype Tooling Can Help Reduce Time and Cost

Prototype Tooling Can Help Reduce Time and Cost

prototype tooling

Developing & producing injection-molded products follows a proven process

The process for launching a product that includes injection molded components has been continuously developed for decades, and most commonly includes the distinct phases seen in the graphic below.  Each phase builds on the last, generating additional information necessary to bring a high-quality product to market in commercially relevant volumes and at an acceptable cost.  Prototype tooling plays an important role in this process.

product development & launch timeline

The time, energy, and expense associated with each phase is of course highly dependent on the design and functional parameters of the desired product, but for the sake of our discussion, we can employ the oft-used rule of thumb that the time and cost of making changes to a product is roughly 10X that of the previous step.  While this is clearly a gross oversimplification for any complex product, it does serve to illustrate a few key points that are relevant to product designers, project managers, and business unit executives: 
1) More information earlier in the project reduces risk
2) Earlier identification of design and manufacturability problems reduces overall project cost
3) Changes are much less expensive earlier in the process

Skipping steps must save time and money, no?

Injection molding process cost impactIt may seem logical to think that skipping steps in the process would reduce the time and cost of bringing a product to market.  Certainly there are examples of this, perhaps a simple bottle cap that has only minor changes in lettering or texture from previous versions, where the molder has sufficient experience to go directly from CAD design to production tooling. 

However, for most complex designs, say for an ergonomic consumer product with unique features, past experience, simulation, and rapid prototyping might not provide sufficiently accurate predictions of how the product will appear, what critical dimensions will be held, or how it will function when molded in the production material.

Rectifying problems in production tooling is difficult, expensive, and time consuming

Once a design for a high productivity steel injection mold has been completed and mold production starts, the costs to make changes becomes much more expensive simply due to the time and effort it takes to make even minor, much less major, changes to the tool.  Additional CNC, EDM, benching, and texturing time add up quickly.  The very nature of hardened tool steel, especially if it has been highly polished or textured, makes it difficult to modify.  Compounding this is the time it takes to remove the tool from the press, return to the mold making department (if in house) or transport to an external mold maker for modification.  All of this can easily add up to weeks of delay even with minor modifications, especially if the production tool has been sent to another country for molding operations. 

How does investing in prototype tooling save money? 

Firstly, let’s define prototype tooling, since it means different things to different people.  In the case of Xcentric, it means high quality injection molds produced with state-of-the-art CNC equipment and finished by master mold makers.  The mold material is a premium grade of aluminum developed specifically for injection mold applications.  You can read more about the Xcentric mold making process here.


Xcentric prototype injection molds help our clients save money in the following ways

  1. Reduce the cost of making corrections to injection molded components during validation and pre-production
  2. Reduce the cost of exploring design and material options

As noted above, the costs of making changes to a production tool are many multiples of making changes to prototype tooling.  In the case of a multi-cavity production tool, the costs are similarly multiplied should a change be required in the design of the tool or part.  Secondly, if there are still open questions about the design of the component including material choice, the cost of doing this experimentation in hardened steel is typically prohibitive.

Validating or correcting early in the process is extremely valuable

In the case of Xcentric, we typically turn around injection molded projects in under 13 business days, and upon request for certain products in under five business days.  Even if done sequentially, this is time well spent because this activity is completed so early in the project.  Problems can be identified and corrected weeks or months before the same issues would have been uncovered in production tooling.  While it is fully understood that there is not a 1:1 correlation between the performance of some aspects of prototype tooling versus production tooling, particularly related to high cavitation fill balancing, feedback on dimensional issues, material behavior, shrinkage, warp, sink, splay, and aesthetics can all be gathered in the desired production material in an Xcentric prototype mold.

The graphic below illustrates the standard process versus a process imagined to save time by skipping prototype molding.  Important points to note are: the time to a) recognize and b) correct for problems is weeks earlier, and depending on the severity of the change required, the overall project time can be shorter even including making changes to the prototype tooling.

Reducing product launch risk is even more valuable

By identifying and addressing production issues early in the process, project managers help to de-risk the overall project by giving themselves enough time to react.  Executive management and down-stream customers do not typically respond well to learning just before the originally scheduled product launch that there are delays due to production tooling that may push back launch by several weeks.  It is generally accepted that significant delays in new product introductions in many industries have a huge deleterious effect on the total net present value of the product launch.  Inevitably the questions come like “Why wasn’t this caught earlier?”  One difficult to explain answer is “Budget for prototype tooling was eliminated.” (that would have been a small fraction of the cost of the production tool changes and product introduction delay).  In this light it is fair to say that prototype tooling is a valuable insurance policy to help reduce the risks associated with new product introductions.   

Key takeaways about the money and time saved by prototype tooling

Including the process step to validate designs, identify improvements, and avoid downstream problems using prototype injection molding has been proven on innumerable projects to save both time and money.  Learning and correcting early in the process pays dividends for project risk mitigation.  Ultimately it is all about bringing the best possible product to market as quickly as possible, which happens to be Xcentric’s mission.

Submitting 3D CAD files for Rapid Manufacturing

Submitting 3D CAD files for Rapid Manufacturing

If you design parts for plastic injection molding, you are already familiar with 3D CAD software used in the design process. Depending upon the CAD program and supporting software, very precise, complex parts or products can be designed from them.

Each CAD vendor has its own software with its respective native file formats. And at some point, you may need to share your 3D/2D CAD designs with a customer, partner or rapid manufacturing company.

In this case, both your software and the recipient’s software should have a compatible file format for it to be properly exchanged between one another.

Submitting a 3D CAD file initiates the process for requesting a custom injection molding quote at Xcentric. It includes the submission of a 3D CAD design file for review and enables us to provide feedback and a design for manufacturability review within 24 hours.

In this post you will learn the top design programs used in 3D CAD development and common file formats for sharing 3D CAD and 2D CAD designs.

3D CAD Design Programs

Commonly used design programs in 3D CAD model development include:

  • SolidWorks
  • CATIA
  • UniGraphics/NX
  • Autodesk

Each of the programs above vary in features and capabilities.

File Formats for sharing 3D/2D CAD Designs

CAD file formats generally fall into two categories either Native or Neutral (Standard) File formats. Native file formats are proprietary to a particular CAD software maker that are to be used with their own software.

Neutral or Standards were specifically created to encourage interoperability which helps exchange files between different software programs.

Neutral or Standard file formats make it easier to exchange files with someone who uses different CAD software. The most successful native formats are supported by a variety of software. Neutral file formats that can be imported and exported from most design programs include:

  • ACIS (.sat)
  • IGES (.igs)
  • Parasolid (.x_t and .x_b)
  • STEP (.stp)
  • Stereolithography (.stl). This file format is typically a standard for 3D printing.

ACIS provides 3D modeling functionality which is used by many software developers in industries such as computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), computer-aided engineering (CAE), architecture, engineering and construction (AEC).

.IGES/.IGS is a vendor-neutral (not owned by any one company) file format that allows the digital exchange of information from CAD software. “IGES” models with the .igs extension can be used to display various forms of technical information including wiring diagrams, wireframes, and 3D solid models.

Parasolid (.x_t or .x_b) capabilities include model creation and editing utilities such as Boolean modeling operators, feature modeling support, advanced surfacing, thickening and hollowing, blending and filleting and sheet modeling. Most Parasolid files can communicate and migrate only 3D solids and/or surface data. Parasolid files currently cannot communicate and migrate 2D data such as lines and arcs.

 .STP refers to a STEP file, which is an abbreviation for the Standard for the Exchange of Product model data. These files represent 3D objects in CAD software and can contain related information. It was designed as a successor to IGES (.igs), although it has not fully replaced it. STEP files are as close to the universal standard of 3D modeling as is currently available. STEP files are used in many industries and can contain data from the entire life-cycle of a product’s design.

.STL (Stereolithography files) are the default file format for 3D printing. They consist of thousands of triangular polylines that are identified by 3D printing software slicers. As the software “slices” each level of the part it then reads the triangular points and creates “Gcode” locations telling the printer where to move to construct each slice of the part layer by layer. These files are only useful in 3D printing as they are a simplified version of the original part file created to be read by the printer software. They do not contain surfaces or solids needed for manufacturing which is why we request STEP or IGES files. See the example below and the enhanced detail of the original model in comparison to the STL format.

3D CAD file                      3D CAD file

At Xcentric, STEP and IGES files are the preferred neutral file formats for plastic injection molding and STL files for 3D printing only.

We provide a design for manufacturability analysis within 24 hours. If you have a question regarding a specific file format, ask one of our Technical Specialists today at 586-598-4636 or sales@xcentricmold.com.

Rapid Molding vs. Traditional | Digital Manufacturing

Rapid Molding vs. Traditional | Digital Manufacturing

The Difference Between Traditional and Rapid Molding

By Leslie Langnau, Design World 

Rapid molding is a key player as the “digitization” of nearly every process to make products continues. The latest industry to experience this shift is molding. Here’s a look at how digitization may affect traditional molding service providers.

Pierre Viaud-Murat | Senior Vice President of Sales

Digital manufacturing offers many benefits across multiple touch points: it can reduce time to market, labor overhead and asset use, plus it helps customers control quality and inventory. These advantages allow users to explore new revenue streams, develop and enhance innovative designs and respond to market demands. The digital age can enhance designers freedom to create and develop through one streamlined methodology.

The traditional manufacturing process
The traditional manufacturing process usually consists of a several-step sequence within the manufacturing flow. Team members monitor and ensure that safeguards are in place throughout the entire part lifecycle. Throughout the process, various testing for form, fit and function are required to discover any part flaws. Each team member should be aware of these critical-path processes, as the traditional method of manufacturing requires more manual than automated production.

traditional manufacturing

The traditional injection molding manufacturing process usually consists of several steps. Throughout the process, various testing for form, fit and function are required to discover any part flaws. Usually, the traditional method of manufacturing requires more manual than automated production.

For example, generating a quote using a DFM analysis and confirming an order manually can take approximately a week, if all of the process steps are accurate and on track the first time through. In the event that any modification is required, the same process steps would be repeated before finalizing the order.

Once an order has been placed, the mold design is reviewed for viability. When that design is finalized, it will go onto the next phase of the traditional manufacturing process. This can be a lengthier portion of the process, ranging from three to eight weeks. Additional delays may also occur if project issues are not identified early in the quoting process, which will result in re-quoting, redesigning or redefining the project. Any of the three can result in significant delays.

With all of the production factors in place, the part will then be molded. After the first shots, a visual and dimensional inspection will be done. If the part passes inspection, it is shipped out to the customer for review and feedback.

Once the customer inspects the part, they have the opportunity to approve or reject the run. In the event of a non-approval, the process would be modified and revisited again with continual iterations until the optimal part is achieved. Any combination of these factors can impact the cost, quality and timing in a traditional manufacturing process.

The digital manufacturing process
Another approach to injection molding involves the digitization of as many injection-molding steps as possible. This approach is referred to as rapid or digital manufacturing, and is a natural progression of traditional manufacturing. The streamlining possible by digitizing many traditional molding steps can reduce total costs.

digital manufacturing

An evolution of traditional injection molding manufacturing is referred to as digitization. It involves digitizing as many injection-molding steps as possible to streamline many traditional molding steps to reduce total costs.

Digital manufacturing begins with the upload of a 3D CAD file to a service provider’s servers. The geometry and part requirements are analyzed, usually with proprietary software. Then the customer receives an interactive quote. Once the customer approves the quote, an order is generated and the mold design finalized and a tool-path created, often within hours.

The initial mold can often be created with modular components, which is another cost savings. Then, the mold is usually machined, a process that takes a couple of days. After benching and finishing, the mold tool is assembled for first production shots and inspection.

This process of rapid mold development can shorten development lead-time to weeks instead of months.

Digital manufacturing can accelerate every step of a part creation process. In traditional manufacturing, the retooling investment could push the break-even manufacturing numbers into the thousands – a cost-prohibitive change for many smaller businesses. Digital manufacturing, however, can implement that small design change for approximately a quarter of the investment in a quarter of the time.

Digital manufacturing is scalable and flexible. Should demand rapidly increase, the digital manufacturing process can move between low-volume to mass production. Thus, designers can react to market behaviors quickly and easily. If demand drops, rapid manufacturing enables adjustments while still achieving the lowest total cost. Thus, regardless of a market’s volatility, digital manufacturing lets users respond accordingly.

The digital manufacturing process allows customers to quickly go through multiple iterations easily. Low-cost tooling makes low-production runs economical enough to test on select markets and use the feedback as a learning curve. Customers can maintain their existing quality controls, while developing good parts that can get to market faster.  Some service providers offer optional services, such as inspection and project management consulting. Digital inspection allows for rapid feedback and tool modifications, if necessary. Service providers usually have experienced tooling experts who can consult during the mold development process to solve any problems that arise.

Mold considerations
Mold service providers strive to ensure a mold tool is available over the lifecycle of a project. Often, the tool is made from a high-grade aluminum base material, like QC-10, which offers an excellent strength-to-weight ratio.

Compared to steel, aluminum is softer and less dense, dissipates heat quickly and efficiently and costs up to 75% less. It’s also a recyclable material, an attractive feature when material waste can be higher than 50% per part. Recyclability and material reuse can help recoup initial material costs.

Although aluminum may not be the right material for every type of mold, it works well for prototyping, bridge tooling and low volume production. Depending on the size and structure of the parts, the heat dissipation within an aluminum mold can be up to 50% higher than steel or other metals, creating faster production turnaround times. Aluminum molds will usually last through production runs of several thousands of parts. DW.

The article above is featured in Design World’s Make Parts Fast.

If you would like additional information on the rapid molding process, contact one of our Technical Specialists today at 586-598-4636 or sales@xcentricmold.com.

What is Digital Manufacturing?

What is Digital Manufacturing?

This content has been updated. Please visit the new post about digital manufacutring.

What is digital manufacturing?

Rapid or digital manufacturing is a natural progression from traditional manufacturing. The capabilities afforded by digitization, automation and data connectivity translate into reduced costs and increased efficiencies.

So how does it work? Each process step is streamlined to accommodate quicker turnaround times with low-cost automated solutions.

digital manufacturing

Digital Manufacturing Process

The process is entirely digitized and starts with the upload of a 3D CAD file onto our servers. Within a very short timeframe, the geometry and requirements are analyzed, thanks to proprietary software, and an interactive quote becomes available online. Upon approval an order is generated and the mold design is finalized within hours – together with the toolpath programming. Using modular construction and standardized components, mold components are then machined, usually within a few days. After benching and mold finishing, the tool is assembled for first shots and inspection.

This process, achieved through rapid molding, will give your part a lead time of weeks instead of months. The average price? A fraction of the cost for traditional molding. The capacity that’s available for you to get your part made? Your lead time is always the priority. It’s made in the USA with as many sourced mold materials and resins that can be procured in the allotted time.

As a result, digital manufacturing naturally accelerates every step of the process and reduces the labor intensity while driving the scale of your project. A great example might be a state-of-the-art syringe. It may consist of three, distinct injection-molded parts. Before new production runs are needed to meet supply and demand, the product manager may have a revision to one of the components, driven by departmental standards. In traditional manufacturing, the retooling investment may push the break- even manufacturing numbers into the thousands – a cost-prohibitive change for many smaller businesses. Digital manufacturing, in comparison, can implement that small design change for approximately a quarter of the investment in a quarter of the time.

That is why our unique ability to accommodate complex designs is our asset. Your designers have fewer roadblocks, freeing them to work on new projects instead of going back to the drawing board to modify their designs so they can be produced. Rapid results let your team respond quickly to market requirements with the best product they can design – a competitive edge that keeps your company on- top. Without design rework or months-long lead times, innovation can boost your company’s results.

The digital manufacturing process at Xcentric Mold & Engineering is a very rapid and seamless process. The key components of this process include cost, quality, automation and speed to market, which allows customers to go through the iteration process once or numerous times, if necessary, at a very quick speed. By following these steps, customers can maintain their existing quality controls, while developing good parts getting them to market faster.

There are two optional services in this process, inspection and project management consulting. After molding the parts, the in-house inspection allows the customer and us to determine the quality of the product and discover errors immediately. Digital inspection allows for rapid feedback and tool modifications, if necessary. Experienced Tooling Engineers interface directly with designers during the entire process, providing expert advice and problem solving at any time, which is critical to ensure successful and fast product manufacturing.

In fact, shorter lead times from concept to development can create new-market discoveries. Previously untapped revenue streams that were potentially out of reach can be viable, thanks to new technologies, transforming how companies like yours do business. Low-cost tooling, development and production have been streamlined so low-production runs are economical enough to test on select markets and use the feedback as an optimized learning curve. Should demand rapidly increase, the rapid manufacturing process can transition between low-volume to mass production. In turn, that allows you to react to market behaviors quickly and easily, reduce your time to market for increased competitiveness and resolve any potential problems before they impact your shipments. In instances where production inadvertently slows, rapid manufacturing allows you to make adjustments while still achieving the lowest total cost. That means regardless of the market’s volatility, rapid manufacturing lets you respond accordingly.

Mold Considerations

There’s more to the process than lower cost and production times, however. The quality of your part is critical, and the tool must be available over the whole lifecycle of your project. This is made possible by the high-grade aluminum base material we use, in particular QC-10, which offers an excellent strength- to-weight ratio. Compared to steel, aluminum is softer and less dense, dissipates heat quickly and efficiently and costs up to 75% less. It’s also an indefinitely recyclable material, a large consideration when utilizing a subtractive manufacturing process, where material waste can be higher than 50% per part. Recyclability and material reuse can help recoup initial material costs.

Although aluminum may not be the right material for every type of mold, it works particularly well for prototyping, bridge tooling and low volume production. Depending on the size and structure of the parts being made, the heat dissipation within an aluminum mold can be up to 50% higher than steel or other metals, creating faster production turnaround times. The primary disadvantage is that, over time, aluminum molds can break down from repeated use: using the same mold for millions of parts may cause its structural integrity to break down and the profile of details to blur; however, running thousands of parts using aluminum molds can provide a tremendous cost savings as well as reduce production times. Xcentric offers a Lifetime Mold Guarantee so mold break-down shouldn’t be a detriment.

As you can see, the capabilities of rapid manufacturing is varied and robust with two major caveats: They take less time and cost less to produce. Digital manufacturing offers a plethora of benefits across multiple touchpoints: reducing your time to market, labor overhead and asset utilization, giving you more opportunities for quality control and inventory management. These advantages allow you to explore new revenue streams, develop and enhance innovative designs and respond to market demands. The digital age can transform your company and give your designers the freedom they need to create, develop and enhance in one streamlined methodology. The future is here. Make it work for you.

 

Do you have any questions regarding the digital manufacturing process? Contact one of our Technical Specialists at 586-598-4636 or sales@xcentricmold.com. We will be happy to review your design and provide you with recommendations.