With over 40 years of experience in the Industry, Advanced Prototype Molding has the expertise to efficiently complete your project on time and under budget. Conveniently, Advanced Prototype Molding is proficient in several molding techniques including:
Rapid prototyping has grown over the years as a quick and economical way to produce molds, example products, and material samples. At Advanced Prototype Molding, we have over 40 years of experience in rapid prototyping, with a range of capabilities to bring our customers’ prototypes to life. From our high-tech facility in Chicago, we offer a variety of prototyping services, including urethane casting, CNC machining, injection molding, metal stamping, and more. Learn more about each service here.
In addition to making the prototypes themselves, we also make custom molds that produce those prototypes. We have the tools to make elastomer, metal, and thermoplastic components rapidly. We make custom molds for the following manufacturing techniques:
Our team of custom mold makers can help you choose the best material and technique depending on your specific needs. We can help you find the best balance between cost, durability, and functionality.
Injection Molding is a manufacturing technique where a mold is injected with molten material, then cooled to form a solid component. You can use various materials in an injection mold, including metal, urethane, or plastic.
Advanced Prototype Molding excels in steel, aluminum, and epoxy mold production. We can help you choose a material based on its advantages and how it best suits your project.
Rapid Prototyping is a general term that refers to different manufacturing processes used to quickly turn digital designs into physical models. 2D and 3D computer-aided design (CAD) technology enable manufacturers to streamline their product development operations.
With rapid prototyping, you can enjoy these advantages:
We offer a variety of rapid prototyping services, such as:
Urethane casting or room temperature vulcanization (RTV) molding produces high-quality polyurethane or rubber prototypes without hard tooling. These methods work as a great alternative to injection molding. Here are the main benefits of cast urethanes:
CNC machining is a subtractive manufacturing process that uses computer numerical control (CNC) technology to produce high-quality precision parts. CNC machined products offer excellent functionality, quality, and aesthetics. The process is popular in the manufacturing industry because it yields quick turnarounds, precision, accuracy, customizability, scalability, and versatility.
At Advanced Prototype Molding, our CNC Machining services work with a range of materials: aluminum, steel alloys, HDPE, low-carbon steel, stainless steel, and PVC.
Die casting is a manufacturing process that involves forcing molten metal into a mold cavity at high pressures. The process is best for producing large quantities of metal parts that require minimal secondary machining. Examples of common die-cast materials are magnesium, aluminum, copper, and zinc. These are the primary benefits of die-casting:
Lost wax investment casting is a manufacturing technique that uses aluminum or epoxy molds to make identical products. Designers make an original wax pattern encased in a layer of plaster, which they allow to harden before filling it with molten metal. This process gets its name from the wax in the original pattern and the dewaxing process, where the technician melts the wax and removes it from the mold.
These are the benefits of investment casting prototypes:
When companies outsource manufacturing to an overseas production facility, that facility uses and maintains all molds required for production. These molds can get lost when the overseas manufacturer goes out of business or changes ownership. In these events, the company must reproduce the proper molds, incurring added expenses that reduce the return on investment.
To avoid these unnecessary costs, companies should bring manufacturing operations back home. Advanced Prototype Molding can help you reshore your molds and reuse them in our production facility for your manufacturing needs. The benefits of mold reshoring and reuse include:
Also known as rotocasting or rotomolding, rotational molding creates hollow, low-stress thermoplastic components. In this process, the technician adds plastic powder resin to an open mold, which is put into an oven and spun on a bi-axis machine. The powder melts, coating the mold’s interior walls. Once the resin cools and hardens, it is removed.
Rotational molding can produce nearly any hollow shape, no matter its size or complexity. Typical applications of rotomolding are:
Rotocasting offers several key benefits:
Liquid silicone rubber molding and rubber compression molding are two processes that manufacture custom rubber and silicone parts. Liquid silicone rubber (LSR) molding involves injecting silicone rubber into a mold, heat-curing the silicone, cooling the components, and removing them from the mold. This process is suitable for:
Rubber compression molding involves compressing strips or disks of uncured rubber between two plates of the mold. High temperatures and pressures vulcanize the rubber into the shape of the mold. Once the material cures, pins remove the parts. This process is suitable for producing:
Metal stamping is a process that transforms metal sheets into specific shapes. At Advanced Prototype Molding, we offer custom metal stamping for most metals, including copper, aluminum, brass, and carbon steel. We can work with material thicknesses ranging from 0.006 inches to 0.5 inches.
We also offer various secondary services, including:
There are many different rapid prototyping techniques you can use to create custom prototypes. The best technique varies according to the type of material, intended end-use, production volume, and budget. At Advanced Prototype Molding, we are experts at producing prototypes and custom molds that match our customers’ needs and budgets. We are accredited by ISO 17021-1 and run an ISO 9001:2015 certified facility. Contact us to find out more about our services and capabilities, or request a quote to start your next project.