Rapitypes has a long history of tool making and plastic injection moulding. We offer good value in the small to medium batch volume, or for sample runs, fit and function purposes, production trial build volumes, clinical trials and rapid part development, where such trials and tool modifications are required in short succession. We are also able to provide bespoke batch manufacturing where clients require a high quality product with press-side assembly or minor hand-worked features as part of the contract.
Low to medium batch production volumes in shot weights of a few grams up to 1.5 Kg can be supplied from moulding machines up to 1200 tonnes and in all materials including twin-shot and over-moulding.
And to complement these services we also offer special surface finishing including electro (chrome) plating, vacuum metalising, graphic surface treatments, pad printing, hot foiling, ultra sonic welding, RFI shielding and a full range of wet paint finishing facilities. Prototype and production parts can be issued with full dimensional reports and certificates of conformity.
Real components in real materials. When product development demands real test data there is no substitute for the real thing. Rapitypes can deliver components to you or your nominated contractor in 2-4 weeks. Rapitypes offer two UK based rapid-tooling alternatives, designed to meet your prototype or production tooling requirements.
|Injection Mould Tooling
Rapitypes has been making prototype injection mould tooling for over a decade and has extensive tool-room facilities. Tools are designed directly from our clients' CAD data or from scratch, and then high-speed machined in aluminium alloys to exacting standards and tight schedules. These tools are built to the same standards and agreed tolerances as their production equivalents, often with re-useable bolster kits and manual core removal to keep costs low and lead times short.
All side actions and removable cores are CNC machined or spark eroded to maintain tool quality and depending on the part and the number and complexity of removable cores, can yield 10,000 components or more. Prototype tools can be surface etched, textured or plated just as their production equivalents and can be built to accommodate 2 shot moulding and in-tool coating.
All prototype tools are checked and verified through sample moulding before any batch moulding commences. This tooling method is used extensively by the automotive and consumer durable industries for obtaining real components in days for crash testing or pre-production build for example.
Rapitypes manufacture production injection mould tools for many clients. These are often multi-cavity tools are built to specification in tool grade aluminium or P20 tool steel and can incorporate the latest hot runner systems, various mechanical, sleeve, hydraulic or electro-mechanical ejection and de-moulding arrangements including interfaces to robotic handling systems.
Tools are built for generic use or for use on specific moulding machines (all electric, without tie bars, special platens) and can incorporate all surface treatments from photo-etching to plating.
For certain sized components, and certainly for the higher volume product, Rapitypes offer a Chinese moulding option that can be very cost effective. Fully project managed by our Chinese-speaking projects team in the UK and regularly visited, our Chinese based partners reliably supply quality mouldings, even when the UK is closed for Christmas!
Rapitypes customers who are benefitting from this option enjoy a stress free experience and peace of mind as the product arrives on time and confidentiality is absolute.