Plastic Injection Molding
Get custom plastic molded prototypes and production parts in as few as 10 business days. We provide expert engineering reviews and $500 off your first mold. Dozens of materials and finishes are available.
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What Is Injection Molding?
Aerospace companies were some of the first to adopt 3D printing, and they continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible with additive manufacturing.
With the need to produce lightweight, complex parts, aerospace companies have taken advantage of 3D printing for cost savings and fast production.
Additive manufacturing builds direct from CAD data and can eliminate the need for tooling, jigs, and assembly fixtures.
When compared to complex CNC machining and long lead time investment casting, 3D printing can rapidly deliver and significantly simplify intricate parts through part consolidation, allowing multiple subassemblies to be combined into a single component.
It offers one of the most instrumental solutions for weight reduction and simplifies inventory management – all major benefits for aircraft manufacturers.
a technician inspects the overhead compartments of a commercial jet aircraftFrom giants like Boeing, Airbus, GE Aviation and NASA, the advancements of 3D printing on a production scale have been verified by the aerospace community before trickling down throughout other industries.
Aerospace trends continue to be a driving force behind wide adoption of 3D printed production.
Having developed some of the most stringent industry performance standards involving material specifications and manufacturing process control documents, we’re ready to validate and certify components that meet your unique requirements.
We offer a dedicated aerospace engineering team, high-performance materials developed for aerospace environments, and AS9100 certified quality systems to ensure safe and strong aerospace parts. Your flight-qualified parts will be delivered on time and to spec every time.
Injection Molding Benefits
Produce high volumes of consistent production parts with near-limitless plastic material options.
Our proprietary tooling methods allow us to deliver low-volumes of parts within one to two weeks.
QUALITY PRODUCTION PARTS
Get precise, repeatable parts throughout large production at the quality you expect.
Technologies & Materials
Improve product efficiency and flight performance while simplifying inventory with strong, lightweight components 3D printed on-demand.
Our team of experts have worked for decades alongside aerospace engineers to build flight-ready parts, both on the interior and exteriors of aircrafts.
Air filter boxes
Custom cosmetic interior components
Environmental control system ducting
Housings and enclosures
Clips & clamps
Knobs & buttons
Windshield defogger duct nozzles
Frequently Asked Questions About Injection Molding
What 3D CAD file formats do you accept?
Stratasys Direct Manufacturing accepts a wide variety of 3D CAD file formats. You don’t need to convert your CAD data to STL to receive a quote.
Files accepted include STL, STEP, IGES, Pro/E, CATIA, Parasolid, SolidEdge, SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor, Unigraphics as well as files from other popular 3D CAD programs.
What aerospace quality certifications does Stratasys Direct Manufacturing hold?
Stratasys Direct Manufacturing is ITAR registered and carries both ISO 9001 and AS9100 certifications. Stratasys Direct Manufacturing can provide in-house AS-9102 FAI (First Article Inspection) services.
We are committed to Quality Assurance through delivering the best parts on the market and ensuring complete data security with every project.
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a jet engine turbine and wing of a commercial passenger aircraftDo you work with countries outside of the United States?
Yes, we work with companies around the world, and we can ship to anywhere across the globe. Additional information and screening may be required at the time the order is placed.
What is the largest part size you can make using production grade materials?
Our largest LS machine has a build chamber size of 26.5” x 13.5” x 20” and our largest FDM machine has a build chamber of 36” x 24” x 36”.
Parts that exceed those dimensions can be built in sections and bonded in a variety of ways that insure stability and strength.
In addition, bonded joints can be combined with the design of dovetail, tongue and groove, or sometimes lap joints. The performance of bonded parts is no different than if the component had been created as a single piece.