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Additive Manufacturing:

The process of creating objects layer by layer using digital 3D models is commonly known as 3D printing.


Benchtop Press:

A compact, tabletop machine used in compression molding for smaller-scale production.



The process of forming metal, plastic, or rubber objects by pouring liquid material into a mold and allowing it to solidify.


CNC Machining:

Computer Numerical Control machining is a precise manufacturing process that utilizes automated cutting tools controlled by a computer to create parts from various materials.


Contract Manufacturing:

Outsourcing the production of components or products to a third-party manufacturer.


Design for Manufacturability (DFM):

Designing a product with the manufacturing process in mind to optimize production efficiency, reduce costs, and improve overall manufacturability.

Die Casting:

A manufacturing process that involves forcing molten metal into a mold cavity to create complex metal parts.


Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS):

Contract manufacturers that specialize in producing electronic components, assemblies, and products for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).


Glass Fiber:

A reinforcing material often added to plastic resins to enhance strength and durability.


Heatless Compression Molding Machines:

Compression molding machines that operate without external heat sources, relying on the heat generated during the compression process.


Insert Molding:

A molding process where a pre-formed component is placed into the mold, and molten material is injected around it.


Jig Design:

The creation of specialized devices or tools (jigs) to facilitate and guide the manufacturing process, often used in conjunction with CNC machining or assembly.



The process of grouping and packaging together various components needed for assembly.


Lean Manufacturing:

A production philosophy focused on minimizing waste, optimizing efficiency, and continuously improving processes to enhance overall productivity and value for the customer.


Metal Injection Molding (MIM):

A manufacturing process that combines metal powder with a binding agent to create complex metal parts.



A process where one material is molded over another, typically combining plastic and rubber.


Precision Machining:

The manufacturing process that produces highly accurate parts through subtractive methods like milling, turning, or grinding.


The creation of a preliminary model or sample of a product to test and evaluate design concepts before full-scale production.

Plastic Injection Molding:

A manufacturing process where molten plastic is injected into a mold cavity to create plastic parts.


Rapid Prototyping:

Quickly creating a physical model of a product using 3D printing or other rapid manufacturing methods.


Supply Chain Management:

The oversight and optimization of the entire process of sourcing, producing, and delivering products to end-users, ensuring an efficient and cost-effective flow of materials and information.

Silicone Molding:

A molding process using silicone rubber to create flexible and durable parts.


Thermoplastic-Elastomer (TPE):

A class of polymers combining characteristics of thermoplastics and elastomers, known for flexibility and resilience.


The process of designing and creating molds, dies, or other tools required for manufacturing processes like injection molding or stamping.

Turnkey Manufacturing:

A comprehensive service where the contract manufacturer manages the entire production process, from design to delivery, offering a complete, ready-to-use solution to the client.


Urethane Casting:

A casting process using urethane resin to produce prototypes and low-volume production parts.


Vertical Integration:

The strategy of controlling multiple stages of the production process, from raw material procurement to final product assembly, to enhance efficiency and quality control.

Vacuum Casting:

A molding process that uses a vacuum to draw liquid material into a mold cavity, often used for creating prototypes.


Wet Compression Molding Machines:

Compression molding machines that use liquid compression medium, such as oil or water, during the molding process.


XYZ Axis:

The three axes (X, Y, and Z) in a coordinate system used to describe the spatial position of points in three-dimensional space.

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