Aluminum tooling is an under utilized method of mold making when it comes to injection molding. IMPM has utilized aluminum tooling for over 20 years and has been able to fabricate molds at much lower cost and much shorter lead time than the competition. The article in the link above outlines how other companies have utilized aluminum tooling and benefited greatly. Definitely worth a read.
Congratulations! You’ve spent months designing the next medical device that’s going to change the world (or more realistically a very specific community in need of a very specific type of medical attention) and now you’re ready to test your design. What now, do you spend a ton of money on hard tooling for a device that might sell 80 units annually? Do you compromise your design to fit the model of a company promising the lowest cost injection molding tooling? Or do you utilize the best option for low-volume production? The silicone tooling and cast urethane process is the perfect fit for these types of jobs. For a fraction of the tool cost (generally thousands of dollars vs. tens of thousands of dollars), you can still achieve a production quality part that still has desired mechanical properties, the repeatability of other traditional molding processes, and a near impossible to beat lead time. Silicone tools do have a smaller yield, IMPM guarantees 100 shots from its silicone tools, which makes it perfect for these small production runs. Sure, not every medical device is going to have such small production quantities, but this process still allows you to produce the highest quality prototype (form, fit, function) without breaking the bank. Urethanes are produced to mimic almost all production materials, including materials that are:
• FDA Compliant
• Flame Retardant
• High Heat Resistant
• High Impact Resistant
• And Much More
IMPM has been the leader in the silicone tooling and cast urethane process for 25+ years. Let us hear your concerns so we can put your mind at ease.
Come see us at the Design 2 Part show in Marlborough, MA, at the Royal Plaza Trade Center from September 30th- October 1st. We will be set up at booth number 516. Register now for free admission and check out what IMPM has to offer. For more information, check out the Design 2 Part website (http://www.d2p.com/ShowInfo).
IMPM will be set up at Booth 561 at the Design 2 Part show in Marlborough, Massachusetts at the Royal Plaza Trade Center. Shows dates are Wednesday, October 1st from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., and Thursday, October 2nd from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. The address for the Royal Plaza Trade Center is 181 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752.
IMPM will also be exhibiting at the Design & Manufacturing Midwest Expo, at the Schaumburg Convention Center, October 15th and 16th. We will be set up in Booth 629; the address for the Schaumburg Convention Center is 1551 Thoreau Dr. North, Schaumburg, IL 60173.
These shows are a great opportunity to let IMPM show you our capabilities and how we provide top-quality solutions for prototyping, product development, and low-volume production. As we continue to advance our industry, we continue to exceed expectations and set new standards.
We are pleased to announce the arrival of two new Haas VF2SS CNC Machines along with a new Haas TL1 lathe. The additional equipment gives IMPM the ability to process your aluminum tooling for product development and low volume production runs quicker and more efficiently. With over 40 years of experience rest assure that all aspects of your project will be handled and streamlined from start to finish. Some Advantages of aluminum tooling:
- Tools can be created relatively inexpensive for limited runs during the testing process of Design and/or Material evaluation. (no cooling lines, hand load, ect.)
- Tools can be designed for above testing but with ability to be converted to a production tool.
- Production tools have the life of 100,000 units.
- Typical turnaround time on tooling is 3-4 weeks based on tool requirements.
IMPM stocks various injection molding materials but will have your required material in inventory prior to the completion of the tool.
Coupled with the in-house injection machines: 45 ton Arburg, 110 ton Demag & 170 ton VanDorn you now have the ability to get quick turnaround injection molded parts.
IMPM has always been the leader in product development using silicone tooling and cast urethane parts, guaranteeing 100 shots from our silicone tool. We now offer you another avenue to for your product development needs. As always we look forward to providing you with outstanding service and quality parts. Let IMPM handle your next project.
IMPM is excited to announce that is now apart of the Technology Manufacturing Aligned, a group of manufacturers with the idea that they could all better themselves by associating with each other. Currently TMA has over 1,000 manufacturers and suppliers working together through various programs and educational opportunities to foster an innovative manufacturing environment in Illinois. We’re enthusiastic to see how we can contribute and what we can learn through TMA.