As specialists in mechanical engineering of diagnostic device design and fabrication, prototype molding is an integral part of our development process.
Molding Proves the Design. Our job is not complete until we have molded your device in low volume, tested it against all product requirements and implemented any needed design improvements. This process proves the design, along with the manufacturability and assembly methods before transfer to manufacturing. We like to call it “accountability in design”.
Low Volumes, Production Quality. While we are not a manufacturer, if you need production quality units to support user studies, internal testing, or clinical trials, we can help. Our medical device fabrication, injection molding, and assembly equipment is identical to the machines used in production, allowing us to supply you with hundreds to thousands of actual devices, not just prototypes, while still in development. This allows any issues to be discovered and corrected well before transfer to manufacturing.
Prototype Tooling Fabrication. We fabricate prototype molds using a proprietary process we developed that has several advantages over traditional aluminum prototype tooling (or ‘soft tooling’) and molded prototype service providers.
- Transferable. Our tooling uses standard steel MUD (master unit dye) frame mold bases, making them readily transferable to any production molder in the world. This means that your manufacturer can use them as bridge tooling to produce parts during the weeks or months that your production tooling is in process. This also provides the manufacturer with valuable learning that is applied to the fabrication of production tooling, significantly reducing risk during scale up to higher volumes.
- Fast Fabrication and Iterations. Our highly efficient machine shop and proprietary tooling design allows us to fabricate molds in as little as one week and make mold modifications in just one day, saving significant time and cost. The ability to quickly and inexpensively iterate the tooling design is critical to efficiently achieving all product requirements.
- High Quality Parts. Our prototype molds are mostly steel, allowing the parts we produce to replicate those made in production and making them of a significantly better quality than parts made by molded prototype service providers. In addition, we can easily modify our molds and they last far longer than those of service bureaus, holding tolerances over tens of thousands of shots, instead of hundreds.