COMMISSIONED to create numerous bespoke products, a West Yorkshire injection moulding company has taken an innovative approach and invested in new machinery to provide a low-cost option for product realisation.

COMMISSIONED to create numerous bespoke products, a West Yorkshire injection moulding company has taken an innovative approach and invested in new machinery to provide a low-cost option for product realisation. 

WEST Yorkshire injection moulder, PolyGlobal, who specialise in polyurethane material options, have added a 3D printer to its tooling machinery to tackle rapid prototyping requirements.

The Ultimaker 3 3D Printer enables the Wakefield firm to utilise innovative technology to offer a high-quality prototyping service for existing and new customers, as well as start up projects.

Trusted to supply components to some of the biggest brands in Manufacturing, Construction, and Offshore and Marine, the Thornes Lane firm was looking for a way to produce sample parts without the requirement of expensive, time consuming injection moulds, and ensure designs can be checked before tool commitments.

Having recently teamed up with Bradford University’s Polymer Interdisciplinary Research Centre to provide scientifically proven data about its materials to customers, PolyGlobal knew that offering a more agile and cost effective sampling service would broaden their appeal even further.

Andy Young is Marketing Manager.  He said: “PolyGlobal has an international reputation for supplying high quality components.  Before we go into production customers want prototypes which can be costly, complex and time consuming to make.  This 3D printer enables us to still provide high-quality samples but at significantly reduced lead times.  It is an affordable solution for them and makes us a more versatile supplier,” he said.

The £3,500 investment follows soon after the company launched its Hyperpol range of polymers, which already sets it apart from competitors providing more robust materials which perform in extreme climatic conditions and demanding applications.

“This prototyping development enhances our reputation with customers here and overseas as a reliable partner.   Following so soon after our investment in the Hyperpol range of polyurethanes and our collaboration with Bradford University, it demonstrates our appetite for growth, innovation and investment,” he added.