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Proto Labs launches rapid over-molding capabilities

Proto Labs over molding services

Proto Labs Inc. (Maple Plain, MN) announced today that it has officially expanded its rapid injection molding portfolio of services with over-molding technology. This new capability can produce 25 to 10,000-plus custom over-molded parts in 15 days or less, said the company. It will showcase the new service at the co-located Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) Minneapolis and PLASTEC Minneapolis events next week.

Calling it a game-changer, Proto Labs CEO Vicki Holt said in a prepared statement that “the introduction of rapid over molding gives designers and developers at the world’s largest companies one more tool to make high-quality prototype or low-volume production parts as quickly as possible.”

Over molding is typically used to improve grip and durability, dampen vibration and add two-color aesthetics to parts used in medical device assemblies, tools and personal care products. The process can also reduce manufacturing costs by simplifying multi-part assemblies. Proto Labs claims to achieve unprecedented speed at molding such parts in engineering-grade thermoplastics and liquid silicone rubber.

Proto Labs will be among more than 600 exhibitors at the co-located MD&M Minneapolis and PLASTEC Minneapolis events in Minneapolis on Sept. 21 and 22, 2016. Click here for more information or to register to attend. Use the promo code PToday16 to receive free expo admission and a 20% discount on conference passes.

“Proto Labs was able to deliver high-quality, over-molded parts in just 15 days from the time I placed the order,” said Michael Ackner, Senior Mechanical Engineer at Smiths Medical and an early Proto Labs over-molding customer. “This turnaround time allowed me to validate my design, using production-grade materials, much sooner than ever before.”

To learn more about its over-molding services and other rapid injection molding capabilities, visit Proto Labs at booth 525 at MD&M Minneapolis. The trade show and conference will be at the Minneapolis Convention Center on September 21 and 22.

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