Capabilities

Injection Molding Service

  • Free DFM Feedback With Your Quote
  • No Minimum Order Quantities
  • T1 Samples As Fast As 2 Weeks
  • Production-Grade Steel Tooling

Fictiv Injection Molding Advantages

Industry Expertise & Guidance

Our team of injection molding experts in the U.S. and China are here to build you a plan for success, for prototyping, design validation, and production applications.

Production-Grade Tools

Production-grade steel tooling available with T1 samples delivered as fast as 2 weeks.

Complex Designs Accepted

We accept tight tolerances and 2D drawings for medical, aerospace, robotics, automotive, and consumer electronics applications.

Injection Molding Processes

Custom Plastic Injection Molding

Steel tooling with rapid lead times, ideal for prototyping, design validation, and bridge production.

Overmolding

Rubber or silicone molding over an existing plastic part.

Insert Molding

Plastic injection molding around a preformed, often metal threaded, insert.

Injection Molding Materials

ABS

Acetal (POM / Delrin)

HDPE

High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS)

Nylon - 20% Glass Filled & 6/6

PBT

PC/ABS

PEEK

Ultem (PEI)

PET

Acrylic (PMMA)

Polycarbonate

Polyethylene

Polypropylene

PPO

Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE)

TPU

Fictiv can also source custom materials upon request.

ABS

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is a thermoplastic that is created using emulsion. ABS is resistant to corrosive chemicals, easy to machine, and has a relatively low melting temperature.

Price: $

Common applications: Enclosures

Injection Molding Finishes

Glossy

SPI-A2
SPI-A3

Semi-Glossy

SPI-B1
SPI-B2
SPI-B3

Matte

SPI-C1
SPI-C2
SPI-C3

Textured

MT (Moldtech)
VDI (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure)
YS (Yick Sang)

Secondary Operations

Heat Staking

The process of locally heating a plastic component in order to reform and insert another component (such as a threaded insert).

Laser Engraving

Engraving text or a design with the use of a laser.

Pad Printing

A process to apply an ink-based, 2D design to a 3D surface.

Painting

Primer and top coat; standard colors or Pantone matching; masking available; EMI (copper) paint.

Ultrasonic Plastic Welding

A high frequency welder generates heat to join or reform thermoplastics.

Fictiv Injection Molding Solutions

From Prototype to Production

Rapid Design Molds

Ideal for part design validation, low volume production, and bridge production quantities.

  • No minimum order quantities
  • Complex designs accepted
  • Steel tooling

Production Tooling

Ideal for higher volume production parts, starting at 10,000 units. Tooling costs are higher than Rapid Design Molds, but tooling construction allows for lower part pricing.

  • Up to 1M molding shots
  • Steel tooling & multi-cavity tooling
  • Automatic tooling actions

Injection Molding Case Study

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"Fictiv was a crucial partner in that they were able to get the mold up and running within three to four weeks, whereas our other partners were taking six, eight weeks just to get first-off tool parts."

Bill May

quip COO

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Dedicated customer support

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Mold up and running in 4 weeks

How It Works

Upload your designs

Upload 3D CAD and technical drawings to our secure platform.

Get a quote with free DFM

Configure your projects in our quote-to-order platform for pricing in 2 days followed by a free DFM report.

Review T1 samples

T1 sampling will be delivered in 2-3 weeks for review prior to kicking off production parts.

Kickoff production parts

Once samples are approved, production kicks off with lead times of 4-7 business days on average.

Reorder parts from your tool

Easily reorder parts from your injection molding tool on-demand.

Your Injection Molding Success Team

All injection molding orders a team of dedicated Fictiv employees in the U.S. and in China working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure your parts are manufactured on time and to your precise specifications.

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ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

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TECHNICAL solutions engineer

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CUSTOMER SUCCESS MANAGER

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TECHNICAL PROJECT MANAGER

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SUPPLIER QUALITY ENGINEER

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Your Account Executive will guide you through the quoting stage. They will help to gather your design requirements, request manufacturability feedback, and align your budget & timeline needs with Fictiv's manufacturing capabilities.

Injection Molding FAQs

What is injection molding?

Injection molding is two large metal mold halves coming together, a plastic or rubber material is injected into the cavity they form. Even though the plastic materials being injected are melted, they aren’t really heated; the material is pressed into the injection ports (called gates) via a large auger screw. As the material is compressed, it heats and begins to flow into the molds. Once it cools, the two halves separate again and the part pops out. Repeat ten thousand times, and you have a run of injection molded parts ready for use.

What industries use injection molding?

A wide variety of industries benefit from the highly versatile process of injection molding, including:

  • Medical & Pharmaceutical
  • Eletronics
  • Construction
  • Food & Beverage
  • Automotive
  • Toys
  • Agriculture
  • Consumer Goods
  • Sporting Goods
  • What is injection molding used for?

    Injection molding is a fast, cost effective and highly precise manufacturing process used for mass producing complex molded parts in a variety of materials, including thermoplastics, polymers, aluminum, and glass.

    What are the types of injection molding processes?

    There are several types of injection molding processes, including:

  • Custom plastic injection molding
  • Overmolding
  • Insert molding
  • Cube molding
  • Die casting
  • Gas-assisted injection molding
  • Liquid silicone rubber injection molding
  • Metal injection molding
  • Micro injection molding
  • Reaction injection molding
  • How long does an injection mold last?

    How long an injection mold can last depends on several factors: mold material, number of cycles, operating conditions, and time between production runs. The life expectancy of an injection mold can range from 1M+ cycles to less than 500 cycles based on the above criteria.

    What is the difference between forming and molding?

    Although quite similar, the difference between forming and molding comes down to their unique features and benefits, depending on the application they are being used for. Injection molding is more suitable for large production runs of small, intricate parts and involves injecting liquid polymers into a mold using extreme pressure and temperatures. Thermoforming, also referred to as vacuum forming, is more suitable for shorter production runs of large-scale designs and involves forming heated plastic sheets to a mold's surface.

    Injection Molding Resources

    EBOOK

    Injection Molding Design Guide

    ARTICLE

    Scaling Up: From 3D Printed Prototypes to Injection Mold-Ready Designs

    VIDEO COURSE

    Video Course: Guide to Injection Molding Success