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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
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Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
About this project
As makers, designers and manufacturers, we need to give our unique product ideas a shape that we can see and also touch them. We built this machine (patent pending) for that purpose. APSX-PIM machine usually costs less than typical conventional molds alone. It's a maker's dream made in CINCINNATI, OH USA 100% by our team!
APSX-PIM .:. The First Full-Automatic Electric Desktop Plastic Injection Molding Machine
We believe there is a future that is alternative to conventional plastic injection molding market. When it comes to make tangible things in your own shop or garage, there is still no affordable and easy way to make them. When there is a need for molded plastic part, there is no cost effective and quick solution in the market. The idea is that it is AFFORDABLE while it also DOES THE JOB. It is purposely designed to make plastic injection molding cost effective and easy to apply when the quantities are low for prototyping, testing, new product development, and low-volume part production.
WHO NEEDS THIS MACHINE?
Full-time or part-time CNC machinists, product design studios, rapid prototype shops, injection molders, inventors, high tech medical equipment manufacturers, engineering and technical schools and DIY hobbyists can benefit from this machine. The main benefits are shorter lead-time, repeatibility, impact and wear resistant parts, lowest cost possible for the long term, quality surface finish.
APSX-PIM works by compressing the spring to create the injection pressure and by injecting the melted material into the aluminum mold. This small plastic injection molding machine is easy to setup and operate as fully automatic. APSX-PIM solution usually costs less than typical conventional molds alone. Instead of getting the prototypes developed by 3rd party plastic injection molders, you can do-it-yourself with a low-risk and low-cost alternative.
Price under $10K - Most affordable full-automatic injection machine ever
Weight under 250 lbs - The lightest full-automatic injection machine ever
Footprint under 450 sq-in - The smallest full-automatic injection machine ever
Injection volume is 1.83 cu-in (3-40 gram) - Enough shot volume to have good size parts
Items included in the package:
Tablet PC (connected to the machine via USB)
Blank mold and 1lb of plastic pellets
Piston Dia [in]: 1
Injection Volume [cu-in]: 1.83
Injection Pressure [PSI]: 5000
Clamping Force [lbs]: 15000
Opening Stroke [in]: 6
Ejector Stroke [in]: 3
Weight [lbs]: 250
Max Mold Size [in]: 4.8" (W) X 6.0" (H)
Min Mold Height [in]: 4
Machine Dimensions [in]: 43" (L) X 10" (W) X 15" (H)
Max Processing temp [F]: 600
Power Supply [V]: 115
Heating Power [W]: 1200
Warranty: 1 year
Plastic Materials for Injection: HDPE, PP, TPO, PS, ABS, anything with melt flow rate higher than 15 g/10 min is good.
Injection molding machines are known for being large and expensive machines that require significant infrastructure, long learning curve and high maintenance. For these reasons most individual makers and small businesses don't have access to an injection molding machine, so we decided to make one that could be used with a limited budget and minimal space. It is great for every workshop and garage since APSX-PIM is the first full-automatic injection molding machine that can fit in every workshop or garage. Traditional injection molding machines start from $50K, but we are bringing this machine to every workshop. It's a maker's dream.
It is compact and light weight
Works with 110V wall outlet
No need for water supply for cooling
Full automatic with precision sensors
Electronic temperature control
10" touch screen tablet control panel
If you already have your own CNC machine and a CAD software, you can turn a 3D design into a tangible and high quality plastic part. That’s incredible! It is not like a typical 3D printed part. It is much more than that such as:
High impact resistance
High wear resistance
Short production times
Custom surface textures
"X-MOLD" IS NOT AN OPTION
Under 5000 parts X-Mold cost multiple times more ($15-$300 range) than APSX-PIM and 3D Printing. Above 5000 parts X-Mold is better than 3D printing but still not even close to APSX-PIM.
3D PRINTING HAS LIMITED APPLICATION
3D printing makes sense only for less than 100 parts needed if the impact and wear resistance, time to get the parts done, repeat-ability and surface finish are NOT important. However, if you need any of the criteria above, APSX-PIM is your ultimate choice by far.
Cost comparison above for APSX-PIM, a 3D printer and 3rd party molder "X-MOLD" suggests the following assumptions.
- X-MOLD COSTS
Mold and set up fees $7000. Piece price $0.65
- 3D PRINTING COSTS
3D Printer $1000. Machine life 1 million parts. 1 lb PLA $55
- APSX-PIM COSTS
Machine cost $12500. Machine life 1 million parts (very worst case). 1 lbs plastic pellets $2. Mold cost by using CNC machine your own $250 (Tormach).
THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE - IN BETWEEN
You can always 3D print your mold with high temp resin to withstand the high temperatures (240 Centigrade and more) and use as in insert in the APSX blank mold for injection molding purpose. The lifetime for the 3D printed molds are not very long. Typically one can get about 10 good parts out of one 3D printed mold. But the short lead time to get and see the design result can be a big benefit.
Burak runs the innovation, product design and production sides of the business. He was graduated with bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from ITU and then received an MBA degree from the Xavier University. He has experience in software development, computer networking, product design and production and has consulted with several area businesses. He also developed the Robo-Pong table tennis robot for Newgy Industries in Tennessee, so he has strong product design and production skills.
Kubi is an engineer too. He received his bachelor's degree as Mechanical Engineer from METU and MBA from Xavier University before going to work for UPS Supply Chain Solutions in Kentucky and then for Honda Logistics in Ohio as financial planning and budgeting manager. He handles accounting, purchasing, sales and marketing sides of the business. He is an analytical mind, but more than that, he understands how to turn the business data into meaningful information for all kinds of different industry settings.
We are really looking for amazing things that people will make with this machine. You don’t need deep pockets to make a real part anymore.
Every pledge brings us one step closer to our goal. Be a part of bringing the APSX-PIM to a wider maker market, and contribute to our overall goal of offering affordable, durable injection molding options around the world. We will use the Kickstarter funds to purchase the equipment and tools to start the machine assembly process as well as to source the required manpower here in Cincinnati Ohio. Please back this project or spread the word by sharing our page.
THANK YOU for your support!
Dream. Design. Make NOW.
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Risks and challenges
The prototype electronics, firmware and software and mechanical parts are all ready for the manufacturing in small batches initially. The mass production will start after moving into the new and bigger facility in March 2017. Although the prototype machine has been tested within the last year with thousands of shots, the final assembly may have required to perform minor fine tuning. But since we have the skill set and knowledge to build a machine like this from scratch, the fine tuning is just a simple task for us.
MANUFACTURING: Sometimes there are potential risks in mass production that can potentially effect the process, however our team is already in place and waiting to start production. This will work in our favor to minimize any unexpected delays.
FULFILLMENT: While everything is set in place, there is no guarantee that things will happen as perfect as planned, i.e. production slows due to an unexpected supply issue, a machine breaks down, or a shipment goes missing - these are all possibilities. However, given our experience in manufacturing, we are highly confident and anticipate a smooth and effortless process.
APSX Post-It Box Souvenir is made by APSX-PIM by using black Polypropylene (PP). It also includes Post-It notes for you We hope you remember us when you use them.
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