HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing:
Injection Mold Quality without the Mold
For small and medium-batch production,
drastically cut part cost and increase delivery speed.
No tooling cost can save you thousands of dollars, and you are never committed to a single revision.
Gain design freedom from draft, fillets and line of sight. Complexity does not add cost.
Prototyping with a production process reduces engineering costs and uncertainty.
Samples in days instead of months.
Durable, accurate and repeatable production quality.
Case Study: Hitec RCD USA, Inc.
"The work was good, it was fast and much more cost effective than going overseas."
-Bryan Shaw, General Manager/CFO RCD USA, Inc.
|Tooling Cost||Unit Cost||Total Unit Cost||Lead Time|
|Injection Molding||$25,000||$0.50||$6.80||Five Months|
|3D Printing||$0||$1.25||$1.25||Two Weeks|
4 part numbers - 1000 units each. Injection Mold data based on price and lead time for 4 cavity import tooling and domestic manufacture.
The Customer: Hitec RCD USA is known for supplying the hobby industry with the highest quality parts and service, including many complicated mechanical and electrical assemblies.
The Pain: Hitec operates in a niche consumer mark, meaning its volumes are low but production costs must still be economical. For many of their products, the volumes just cannot justify expensive injection mold tooling.
The Project: Hitec had four distinct part numbers to manufacture - a thousand units of each. Making a four-cavity mold in China to produce all the parts would take three months and another month to ship to the US at a total cost of $25,000. After paying a setup fee of $200 per run,1000 units would cost around $0.50 each. After accounting for all costs and project phases, injection molding these parts would cost $6.80 per unit and take five months for a complete production run.
The Solution: Hitec instead switched to 3D printed parts and cut its production cost by 82% and increased delivery speed by 90%. Real nylon printed parts only cost $1.25 each and only took two weeks to manufacture all four part numbers at a thousand-unit order. The parts had consistent finish and quality.