Low Quantity Injection Molding For Life Sciences Industry
The Reaction Injection Molding (RIM) process economically produces low quantity injection molded parts for the Life Sciences industry. Medium to large enclosures and housings can be produced in low quantities from low-cost tooling. Designing for the RIM process is easier than designing injection molded parts because the RIM process allows much more design freedom.
The RIM process is relatively new and perhaps the least understood, most under utilized of the low-pressure processes for plastic parts. Recent developments in resins have allowed this high-value process to compete with injection molding. Thin wall parts that meet UL flame requirements can be produced with faster cycle times. Plastics experts call RIM “the low-pressure process that comes closest to duplicating injection molding’s attributes. It has impressive large-part, small quantity and low initial investment capabilities.”
OEM’s in the Life Sciences industry are using RIM instead of injection molding, vacuum forming, pressure forming, structural foam, sheet metal, or metal casting. RIMs lower cost tooling allows them to get their products to market faster and to change them more.