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Prototyping and short-series production of goods using rapid injection moulding method offered under the manufacturing agreement to companies from Germany, Great Brittain, Portugal and Spain

Summary: A Polish SME that specialises in the rapid injection moulding offers to design and manufacture prototypes or shorts series of products (or specific parts thereof). Their innovative production method allows manufacturing intricate and durable items at a fraction of the cost of the traditional moulding and much faster than the companies using additive manufacturing. The company wants to cooperate with German, British, Portuguese and Spanish partners under the manufacturing agreement. Description Description: 

To manufacture a prototype or a short series of a product with the quality and precision of mass-produced items, and at a cost that wouldn't be ruinous to a company has been nearly impossible (or challenging, at least). So far producers had only two available options: they could either use moulds or 3D printers. The former allows making products with complex shapes and patterns but is also expensive and not economically viable if a limited number of items is required (profits are insufficient to cover the costs of making the mould). The latter is more affordable but is also time-consuming, limits the number of materials that can be used (not good for prototype validation) and the quality of the outcome is subpar (not sufficient to sell products to the customers).

A prototyping company from northwestern Poland that specialises in the rapid injection moulding offers its manufacturing capacities that allow squaring that circle. The firm was founded in 2018 by an international group of engineers from Poland and Spain. They can manufacture prototypes or short series of various products and parts made of materials such as PP, HDPE, ABS, POM, Noryl, glass-filled PA, PPO and PEEK. Their production process consists of the following stages: first, they create a CAD model of a product and design the mould (including a core with complex patterns). Then, the mould is printed using 3D DLP printer and an innovative dissolvable polymer material (patent-pending), and its cavity - rinsed and cured. In the next step, the material is injected into the mould. Finally, the mould is dissolved and one gets the final product.

Due to a limited Polish market and spare production capacities, the SME is looking for foreign partners under manufacturing agreement. They are particularly interested in the long-term cooperation with companies from the manufacturing sector. The role of partners would be to specify the type and quantity of the ordered item (product/part), and to provide all the details they can about it. The firm does not need mould design, they can reverse-engineer it. The firm will then supply all the necessary materials and manufacture the requested product. Other details of the partnership (e.g. which side will be responsible for the delivery etc.) will be discussed during the negotiations between the companies.

Advantages & innovations Cooperation plus value: - compared with metal moulds, the rapid injection moulding is 80-90% cheaper.- the company can create far more complex and precise moulds, with a lot of irregular shapes and patterns (greater flexibility of design), than the ones created using additive manufacturing methods that require split lines or drafts and impose physical stress on the components.- a range of materials used for the production is far greater than the traditional 3D-printed injection moulds can accommodate.- faster production, compared with the 3D printing. Stage of development Cooperation stage dev stage: Already on the market Partner sought Cooperation area: Type of a partner: manufacturing companiesRole of a partner: Partner is expected to provide the company with the following information:- type of product required and its main features (size, shape, etc.);- material that the product should be made of;- requested quantity (single item, short series). Type and size Cooperation task: SME 11-50,SME 500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500 Dissemination Dissemination sector group :  Dissemination preferred : Germany, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom

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