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Prototype Mold

  • Prototype Tool In Soon As 10 Days
  • Production Tool In As Soon As 3 Weeks
  • 10k Parts in 10 Days
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Prototype Mold

Fathom produces high-quality prototypes for its customers by using the latest in injection molding technology. Whether time-sensitive, highly complex, high-precision, or short production run related, Fathom will meet the requirements of your project.

What is a Prototype / /

A prototype is a physical model of a design concept. Prototypes can be used to test if a product will work in mass production and to measure interest from customers. Another important purpose of prototyping is to protect intellectual property. A quality prototype is precise, allows for revisions of design or production process as needed, and can perform the same function as the final product.

Benefits of Prototyping / /

There are many advantages to plastic injection molded prototypes. Prototyping provides the opportunity for developers to test a design concept while using a production quality part. Any design or material flaws can be caught early in the production cycle, which results in a lot of time and money saved. By using the injection molding process, the prototype can be produced quickly, allowing a company to be first to market or meet tight deadlines.

What is Prototype Mold / /

Prototype tooling is the creation of tools or molds for injection molding. Prototype tooling is sometimes called soft tooling or rapid tooling. The resulting parts made from the prototype tool are made using the same materials as the final products, which allows the developers to test a concept early in the product development process. Generally, the mold is made from less durable materials than steel but will still produce an accurate part.

Prototype Mold Project Specifications and Tolerances / /

Factoring in the specifications and tolerances of injection molding into a design can ensure that a part fits correctly once it is assembled. Tolerances and specifications also influence how a part should be shaped to maximize function. The optimal tolerance for a part is critical for making a premium part at an affordable price.

TOOL OPTIONS LEAD TIME PART QUANTITY MAXIMUM PARTING LINE MISMATCH MAXIMUM FLASH TOOL TOLERANCES LINEAR DIMENSIONS PART COLOR PART FINISH (COLOR) PART FINISH (TEXTURE)
Rapid Tool (Master Unit Die Base) 1.5-3 Weeks 5,000 Shots 0.010in 0.010in ±0.003 + 0.002in/in Pantone Colors A2 Yes
Prototype Tool (Stand Alone) 2-4 Weeks 5,000-50,000 Shots 0.010in 0.007in ±0.005 + 0.002in/in A2
Production Tool 5-10 Weeks (Depends on Size and Complexity) 250,000 - 1,000,000 Shots (Depending on Class of Tool Selected) 0.005in 0.005in SPI (Commercial) A1

Injection Molding Finishing Processes / /

Once a part has been injection molded, it moves to the finishing phase. Some finishes may be for cosmetic reasons, but others may add to the physical properties of a workpiece. Here are some of the finishing processes offered by Fathom.

SURFACE FINISH GUIDE TYPICAL APPLICATIONS
Standard No Machine Mark Tool Marks Removed Low Cosmetic
SPI-C1 600 Stone Low Polish Parts
SPI-B1 600 Grit Paper Medium Polish Parts
SPI-A2 Grade #6 Diamond High Polish Parts
SPI-A1 Grade #3 Lens or Mirror
IM-1 Light Bead Blast Need 1 Degree Draft Angle
IM-2 Medium Bead Blast Need 1.5 Degree Draft Angle
IM-3 Heavy Bead Blast Need 3 Degree Draft Angle

Prototype Mold Services Offered by Fathom / /

Partner with Fathom for high-quality and cost-effective injection molding prototypes. Fathom is a single-source global solution ready to support both low- and high-volume jobs. Our team incorporates both additive and advanced technologies, resulting in high-quality parts that will meet your customers’ needs.

Injection Molding is just one of 28 manufacturing processes offered by Fathom.

Additive Manufacturing

  • FDM
  • SLS
  • SLA
  • Polyjet
  • MJF
  • DMLS
  • DLS
  • STEP (Evolve)

CNC Machining

  • CNC (3 & 5 Axis)
  • CNC Lathe
  • Precision Grinding
  • Wire & Sinker EDM

Injection Molding

  • Injection Molding
  • Tooling
  • Compression Molding

Metal Cutting and Forming

  • Thermoforming
  • Sheet Metal Punching
  • Sheet Metal Cutting
  • Metal Forming
  • Laser Cutting
  • Water Jet Cutting
  • Chemical Etching
  • Welding
  • Micro Cutting

Standalone

  • Die Casting
  • Urethane Casting
  • Composite Layups
  • Extrusion
  • Post Processing & Finishing
    • Pad Printing
    • Powder Coating
    • Bead Blasting
    • Surface Grinding
    • Polishing
    • Anodize
    • Powder Coat Passivate
    • Chemfilm
    • Vacuum Metallization
    • Silkscreen
    • Plating
    • Tumbled

Prototype Tooling Quote Times / /

Use Fathom’s SmartQuote online platform to receive a quote in as fast as 1 hour, usually within 24 hours. Whether you need prototype injection molding or another manufacturing service, Fathom’s injection molding lead times are as follows:

  • Prototype Tool In as Soon As 10 Days
  • Production Tool In As Soon As 3 Weeks
  • 10k Parts in as soon as 10 Days

Fathom’s Locations for Prototype Mold Making / /

Fathom has 2 US-based locations that offer injection molding, offering nationwide coverage to the entire United States. Fathom’s advanced prototyping and manufacturing services include wire EDM, CNC machining, chemical etching, metal 3D printing, and more. We have provided over 200,000 quotes to leading US companies and are ready to provide you with a quote today.

Locations include:

HEADQUARTERS
1050 Walnut Ridge Drive
Hartland, WI 53029
ISO 9001:2015
AS9100:2016
ITAR

ILLINOIS
1207 Adams Drive
McHenry, IL 60051

Prototype Mold FAQs / /

Q: Does Fathom offer injection molding?

A: Yes, Fathom offers injection molding services.

Q: What is injection molding?

A: Injection molding is a manufacturing process commonly used for plastic parts. During injection molding, molten plastic is injected into a mold using high pressure. Once the part has cooled inside the mold, it is ejected. The part may or may not require a secondary finish.

Q: Is Fathom ISO certified?

A: Fathom’s certifications include ISO 9001:2015, ISO 9001:2015 Design, and ISO 13485:2016. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: Is Fathom ITAR certified?

A: Yes, Fathom is ITAR certified. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: Is Fathom AS9100:2016 certified?

A: Yes, Fathom is AS9100:2016. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: Is Fathom NIST 800-171 certified?

A: Yes, Fathom’s certifications include NIST 800-171. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: What is a prototype mold?

A: A prototype mold or soft mold is a mold that is produced cost-effectively, designed to create production quality parts to test a design concept.

Q: What is a prototype injection mold?

A: A prototype injection mold produces a prototype part. The prototype tests the design of the part and allows developers to gather feedback or make revisions before transitioning to mass production.

Q: How do you make a plastic mold prototype?

A: A plastic prototype can be made using the same methods used for large scale production, including injection molding.

Q: What is a mold in manufacturing?

A: The mold in manufacturing sets the shape of the part. Molds can be made from steel, aluminum, copper and more.

How to Get Injection Molding Quotes / /

Do you need a quote or to calculate costs on an upcoming injection molding project? Fathom’s SmartQuote online platform provides fast quotes on any file.

Manufacturing Locations Across National Time Zones
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HEADQUARTERS

1050 Walnut Ridge Drive
Hartland, WI 53029
ISO 9001:2015
AS9100:2016
ITAR

ARIZONA

444 W. 21st St. Ste. 101
Tempe, AZ 85282
ISO 9001:2015
NIST800-171 Compliant
ITAR

COLORADO

7770 Washington St.
Denver, CO 80229
ISO 9001:2015
ITAR

MINNESOTA

13758 Johnson Street NE
Ham Lake, MN 55304

TEXAS

1801 Rowe Lane
Pflugerville, TX 78660
ISO 9001:2015
AS9100:2016

1513 Sam Bass Rd
Round Rock, TX 78681
ISO 9001:2015
ISO 13485:2016

CALIFORNIA

620 3rd Street
Oakland, CA 94607
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified
NIST 800-171 Compliant
ITAR

FLORIDA

14000 N.W. 58th Court
Miami Lakes, FL 33014

NEW YORK

1920 Slaterville Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
ITAR

401 W. Shore Blvd.
Newark, NY 14513
AS9100:2016
ISO 9001:2015
ITAR

ILLINOIS

1207 Adams Drive
McHenry, IL 60051
ISO 9001:2015

1401 Brummel Ave
Elk Grove, IL 60007
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified

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