Low Cost Molds
One great advantage that cast urethanes have over thermoplastics is the low cost of tooling. Unlike other molded plastics, this advantage allows for affordable low volume runs. It's not unusual for us to receive orders for one or two parts. That said, it's also not unusual for us to receive orders for thousands of parts either.
Sometimes it's necessary to make molds out of metal, UHMW or other materials depending on the application. If your application does require machined metal molds, based on our experience, molds for custom urethane products typically cost far less than the complex types of molds required for traditional injection molded thermoplastics. While it may not require complex molds, polyurethane can still produce nearly any shape imaginable.
Most of the time we can cast low cost molds using polyurethane like the ones pictured to the right. This method requires the fabrication of a pattern or "master", which is simply a replica of your finished part. A master is usually machined from metal or plastic, but some 3D printed materials can be used as well. In some cases a mold can be made directly from your existing part if one is available.
Send us a part, print, sketch or idea. We would be glad to work with you to create the perfect urethane solution for your application, from concept to completion.