Custom liquid silicone rubber and metal injection molded parts now
available to product designers in days, not weeks.
MAPLE PLAIN, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 1, 2014--
Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE: PRLB), a leading online and technology-enabled
quick-turn manufacturer, has announced today that product designers can
now order liquid silicone rubber (LSR) and metal injection molded (MIM)
parts as a standard option under its Protomold injection-molding service.
Liquid silicone rubber molded parts are strong and elastic with excellent thermal, chemical and electrical resistance. (Photo: Business Wire)
Utilizing the same approach that revolutionized plastic injection
molding, Proto Labs has applied its proprietary technology to these new
processes, making short-run liquid silicone rubber and metal injection
molded stainless steel parts available faster than ever before.
Liquid silicone rubber is a thermoset engineering material that is
particularly suitable for applications in medical, electronics and
consumer products industries. Metal injection molding is a mature,
established manufacturing process for molding relatively small metal
parts, used frequently in medical, electronics and automotive industries.
“Over the past year, our research and development program has quickly
advanced liquid silicone rubber molding and metal injection molding with
the quality and quick turnaround that is the trademark of Proto Labs.
I'm excited to begin my tenure at Proto Labs with the launch of these
new molding processes to our customers. Incorporating LSR and MIM into
our existing list of materials allows current and future customers more
diversity in prototyping and small-volume manufacturing — something
every product developer focused on taking products from idea to market
faster can appreciate,” said Vicki Holt, President and CEO, Proto Labs.
About Proto Labs, Inc.
Proto Labs, Inc. is a leading online and technology-enabled quick-turn
manufacturer of custom parts for prototyping and short-run production.
Proto Labs provides “Real Parts, Really Fast” to product developers
worldwide. Proto Labs utilizes computer numerical control (CNC)
machining and injection molding to manufacture custom parts for our
customers. For more information, visit www.protolabs.com.
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