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WHAT SETS US APART

Processes

Quick start molds

Production grade parts in 10 business days, for bridge quantities of 5k - 10k unts.

  • S50C, P20, NAK80 steel tools
  • Master Unit Die (MUD)
  • Side actions created with hand pick out inserts
  • Family & multi-cavity tools available
Production tooling

Production grade parts in 15 business days, for volume quantities of 10k - 500k units

  • P20, H13, S7, NAK80, SS420 steel tools
  • Family & multi-cavity tools available
Specialized processes
  • Insert molding
  • Overmolding (rigid + elastomer)
  • Compression molding
Post processing
  • Hardware installation (e.g. heat staked inserts, ultrasonically welded inserts)
  • Pad printing
  • Silk screening
  • Painting
  • Ultrasonic welding
  • Light assembly
  • Protective Packaging/film
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Rapid design molds

Production grade parts in 10 business days, for bridge quantities of 5k - 10k unts.

  • S50C, P20, NAK80 steel tools
  • Master Unit Die (MUD)
  • Side actions created with hand pick out inserts
  • Family & multi-cavity tools
2

Production tooling

Production grade parts in 15 business days, for production quantities of 10k - 500k units

  • P20, H13, S7, NAK80, SS420 steel tools
  • Family tool & multi-cavity tools
3

Specialized processes

  • Insert molding
  • Overmolding (rigid + elastomer)
  • Compression molding
3

Post processing

  • Hardware installation (e.g. heat staked inserts, ultrasonically welded inserts)
  • Pad printing
  • Silk screening
  • Painting
  • Ultrasonic welding
  • Light assembly
  • Protective Packaging/film

Materials

Any commercially available injection molding material, including:

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Rapid design molds

Production grade parts in 10 business days, for bridge quantities of 5k - 10k unts.

  • S50C, P20, NAK80 steel tools
  • Master Unit Die (MUD)
  • Side actions created with hand pick out inserts
  • Family & multi-cavity tools
2

Production tooling

Production grade parts in 15 business days, for production quantities of 10k - 500k units

  • P20, H13, S7, NAK80, SS420 steel tools
  • Family tool & multi-cavity tools
3

Specialized processes

  • Insert molding
  • Overmolding (rigid + elastomer)
  • Compression molding
3

Post processing

  • Hardware installation (e.g. heat staked inserts, ultrasonically welded inserts)
  • Pad printing
  • Silk screening
  • Painting
  • Ultrasonic welding
  • Light assembly
  • Protective Packaging/film

Finishes

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Rapid design molds

Production grade parts in 10 business days, for bridge quantities of 5k - 10k unts.

  • S50C, P20, NAK80 steel tools
  • Master Unit Die (MUD)
  • Side actions created with hand pick out inserts
  • Family & multi-cavity tools
2

Production tooling

Production grade parts in 15 business days, for production quantities of 10k - 500k units

  • P20, H13, S7, NAK80, SS420 steel tools
  • Family tool & multi-cavity tools
3

Specialized processes

  • Insert molding
  • Overmolding (rigid + elastomer)
  • Compression molding
3

Post processing

  • Hardware installation (e.g. heat staked inserts, ultrasonically welded inserts)
  • Pad printing
  • Silk screening
  • Painting
  • Ultrasonic welding
  • Light assembly
  • Protective Packaging/film
Glossy Surface, Diamond Buff Polish
  • SPI A-1 - 6000 grit diamond buff
  • SPI A-2 - 3000 grit diamond buff
  • SPI A-3 - 1200 grit diamond buff
Matte Surface, Paper Polish
  • SPI B-1 - 600 grit paper
  • SPI B-2 - 400 grit paper
  • SPI B-3 - 320 grit paper
Rough Surface, Stone Polish
  • SPI C-1 - 600 grit stone
  • SPI C-2 - 400 grit stone
  • SPI C-3 - 320 grit stone
Very Rough Surface, Dry Blast Polish
  • SPI D-1 - 600 grit, dry blast glass bead #11
  • SPI D-2 - 400 grit, dry blast #240 oxide
  • SPI D-3 - 320 grit, dry blast #24 oxide
Texture
  • Mold-tech equivalent textures
Colors:
  • Pantone color matching
  • RAL color matching
  • Physical sample color matching

CNC Plastics

ABS

This material is a low-cost engineering plastic widely used for pre-injection molding prototypes. Easy to machine, glue, and paint.

Max Temperature

160° F

Elongation at Break

40%

FINISH AND APPEARANCE

Somewhat matte finish (think lego bricks) and can be painted. Certain faces may appear more shiny depending on their geometry and how they’re machined

COLORS

Natural, Black

Min Wall thickness

1.0 mm

Polycarbonate CNC machining material CNC machined polycarbonate
Nylon

Well-rounded and affordable, this is a common grade of nylon that resists both frictional and chemical wear.  It is moisture-sensitive, however.

Max Temperature

185° F

Elongation at Break

50%

FINISH AND APPEARANCE

Milky-white finish, and is slightly translucent.

COLORS

Natural

Min Wall thickness

1.0 mm

Polycarbonate CNC machining material CNC machined polycarbonate
Acrylic

Scratch-resistant, often used for tanks, panels, and optical applications. It can be somewhat brittle in thin walled areas, so it is not recommended for delicate or complex geometries.

Max Temperature

170° F

Elongation at break

6%

FINISH AND APPEARANCE

Transparent or opaque in its unfinished state. Clear acrylic will take on more of a frosted translucent appearance when machined, though can be smoothed again to an optically clear state using various finishing methods.

COLORS

Optically clear

Min Wall Thickness

1.0 mm

Delrin CNC machining material CNC machined delrin
Delrin

Wear and moisture resistant, slippery, and quite dimensionally stable for its cost. May also be called acetal homopolymer.

Max Temperature

180° F

Elongation at break

25%

FINISH AND APPEARANCE

Delrin is naturally opaque white because of its crystalline structure and has a matte finish.

COLORS

White, Black

min wall thickness

1.0 mm

Polycarbonate CNC machining material CNC machined polycarbonate
HDPE

Slippery plastic that is often machined into plugs and seals. It is also an excellent electrical insulator as well as being moisture and chemically-resistant.

Max Temperature

180° F

Elongation at break

500%

FINISH AND APPEARANCE

Naturally opaque white because of its crystalline structure, but is also available dyed black in more limited stock sizes. It has a waxy finish leveraged for low-friction applications.

COLORS

White

min wall thickness

1.0 mm

POLYCARBONATE

Well suited for applications requiring optical clarity, yet is only half the weight of glass. Also known for its functionality over a wide temperature range.

max temperature

180° F

elongation at break

110%

FINISH AND APPEARANCE

Transparent milky-blue look in its natural state, also available in black. Both colors have a glossy finish, and are relatively prone to scratches. Anti-scratch coatings and vapor polishing are available as custom post-processing finishes.

COLORS

Clear, Black

min wall thickness

1.0 mm

Max part size: 1220mm x 500mm x 150mm

CNC Metals

Stainless steel CNC machining material CNC machined stainless steel
Steel - 1018 low carbon

Mild, low carbon steel that is machinable, weldable and useful where high-strength is not required, such as fixtures and mounting plates. It is magnetic and heat treatable.

Hardness

Rockwell B90

tensile strength

60,000 psi

FINISH AND APPEARANCE

The finish of 1018 steel is similar to that of stainless steel, generally shiny in appearance and  slightly dark than aluminum alloys.

COLORS

Silver

Min wall thickness

0.5 mm

Aluminium

A relatively cheap and widely available metal that is known for good machinability, corrosion resistance, and its conductive properties.

Hardness

6061: Brinell 95
7075: Brinell 150

elongation at break

6061: 12.50%
7075: 11%

FINISH AND APPEARANCE

Untreated aluminum generally has a dull silver/grey finish which varies depending on the roughness of the surface.

COLORS

Silver

min wall thickness

0.5 mm

Stainless steel CNC machining material CNC machined stainless steel
Brass (360)

Also known as free machining brass, due to it having the highest amount of lead content of any brass alloy. It is commonly used for a variety of parts such as gears, lock components, pipe fittings, and ornamental applications.

Hardness

Rockwell B35

tensile strength

15,000 psi

FINISH AND APPEARANCE

Shiny yellow finish that varies depending on surface roughness. It can be sanded or hand-polished to increase its sheen (think trumpet or saxophone), or media blasted for more of a matte texture.

COLORS

Gold/brass

Min wall thickness

0.5 mm

Stainless steel CNC machining material CNC machined stainless steel
Stainless Steel

A workhorse of a material, used for a wide variety of applications and known for excellent strength and corrosion resistance.

hardness

303/316L: Rockwell B95
304L: Rockwell B80 (medium)
17 PH: Rockwell C35

tensile strength

303: 35,000 psi
304L/316L: 30,000 psi
17 PH: 160,000 psi

FINISH AND APPEARANCE

Greatly depending on surface roughness, but it’s generally characterized as being more shiny than unfinished aluminum alloys, and slightly darker and more silver in color.

COLORS

Silver

Min wall thickness

0.5 mm

Max part size: 1220mm x 500mm x 150mm

LEAD TIME

Production + Delivery = Lead Time
Production Speed

CNC parts are fabricated with options of 3-day, 5-day, and 7-day production speeds.

Delivery Options
  1. Pick it up from our local San Francisco office
  2. Receive via same-day courier service
  3. Standard and overnight shipping outside of local coverage areas

MACHINES, TOOLING, FINISHING

Machines

The Fictiv network is comprised of high-precision mill and lathe machines. We’ve aggregated a diverse selection of machines to provide a wide range of machining capabilities for your part requirements. We regularly inspect machines and tools on-site to ensure quality. Below are some examples:

Milling machines

  • Haas VF-3SS
  • Mazak VCN 510C
  • Mazak Variaxis J-500 (5-axis)
  • More (ask us)

Turning machines

  • Haas ST30SSY
  • Takisawa EX-308 (live-tooling)
  • Hardinge T-42 SP-MSY (live-tooling)
  • More (ask us)
cnc milling machine

Tooling

With Fictiv, your parts can have more feature variety due to a wide selection of tools carried throughout our network. Below are some major categories:

Milling (standard tools)

  • Square/ball endmills
  • Drills (in. & metric)
  • Keyseat cutters (square profile)
  • Counterbores / countersinks
  • Chamfer cutters
  • Standard taps & dies (UNS/metric/NPT/NPS)

Turning (standard tools)

  • L/R-handed facing
  • L/R-handed turning
  • Grooving / parting
  • Boring
  • Threadcutting
CNC machining standard tools CNC tooling for milling and turning

Finishing

Need a special finish on your parts? Fictiv offers the following processes for machined metals:

Finishing options

cnc finishing services
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Injection molding DESIGN GUIDE

Injection molding can be a daunting process, where teams must overcome the many barriers between prototyping and production manufacturing.

At Fictiv, we’re constantly looking for ways to make this process easier and more accessible for more people.

Knowledge is a big piece of that.

That’s why our tooling experts created this free Injection Molding Design Guide for you, which provides a detailed overview on what to expect during the injection molding process + guidance on how to optimize your designs for injection molding.

Download Free Injection Molding Design Guide