Injection molding for us is the final stage of a potentially successful project.
So when we get out of 3D printing, modeling, and computer drawings and designs, we actually take the step of making small runs of injection molding. These mimic the production cycles that we’re going to be asking our product to be made under.
Injection molding is a very inexpensive way of manufacturing incredibly precise components and that’s obviously what we needed in ApiJect.
How does ApiJEct use injection molding ofr rapid prototyping?
We have a case which our injection molding takes place in. It’s called a bolster. It’s made out of heavy metal and inside there we have an interchangeable system where we can take out one block of metal, which contains a design, and replace it with another.
It’s much faster. It’s much more economical. We can even trial four or eight different designs in that same house all at the same time. So at the end of the day, we might have 200 components reflecting eight different variations and that gives us a very very fast turnaround on that data.
Why is injection molding so important in ApiJect’s development process?
The production of these needle hubs and safety caps and any other connector in this field have been used for decades now. There are plenty of regulations that apply international standards organization or ISO regulations and these are all recognized around the world. Going to injection molding as the last step, or one of the last steps, allows us to see how that product can be made, may be made, even more efficiently. We can still make evolutionary steps during that and learn more about how to design the product for injection molding to make it more efficient. The data that comes out from that step is incredibly vital when the project moves on to manufacturing.
How does injection molding inform the ApiJect prototype process?
It’s very important to go to an injection molding step because it gives us a lot of data about how much material is going to be used in a in a period or a unit or multiple of units. The costings, the energy consumed, what sort of molds we will need, and that gives us an incredible amount of data which we can then pass on in a product master file to the manufacturers. It’s a very mind-blowing process it really does save months and months and a lot of money.