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    Question Choosing Between 3D Printing and Injection Molding for Rapid Manufacturing

    3D printing has given engineers the power to create plastic designs at their desks and bring them to life in a matter of hours. Injection molding, on the other hand, is the go-to for quality and value. It is commonly used to quickly and reliably produce high-volume runs of complex plastic designs.
    For large quantities: At scale, injection molding is the much more cost- and time-effective choice for production. As more parts are produced, the cost of the mold is spread more evenly. Plus, in extremely high production runs, the speed at which a part can be produced becomes faster than with 3D printing.
    3D PRINTING IS BEST-SUITED FOR:
    Quick turnaround times (1-2 weeks)
    Low volume production runs (100 parts or fewer)
    Designs with frequent changes
    Relatively small plastic parts or components
    INJECTION MOLDING IS BEST-SUITED FOR:
    Longer turnaround times (5-7 weeks for simple parts)
    High volume production runs (1,000+ parts per run)
    Final part design (no more prototyping)
    Parts of any size or complexity

    I hope you will find this helpful.


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