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Low-Volume Manufacturing Service

Through our low-volume manufacturing service, we can provide you with hundreds of thousands of parts so that you can take your product to market. If you only need a few parts or prototypes, you may want to consider one of our prototyping services. At Star Rapid, we work with you every step of the way, from prototyping to production. Once you’re ready to start your next project, contact our team with you 3D Cad file to get a free quote.

What Is Low-Volume Manufacturing?

Low volume manufacturing is a specialized service offering full production-quality parts but in volumes usually limited to 100,000 pieces or fewer, depending on the process used. This is an increasingly popular option for many product categories, allowing for a more limited investment in tooling and materials while providing quick access to markets, rapid response to shorter product life cycles and as a bridge between initial prototypes and high-volume production.

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Plastic Injection Molded Parts

Advantages Of Low-Volume Manufacturing

How can low-volume manufacturing help you and your business? Here are just some of the ways:

  • Create a bridge between a few prototypes and full-scale production
  • Reduce cost with no minimum orders, less expensive tooling
  • Provide rapid access to emerging markets
  • Respond quickly to shorter product life cycles
  • Allow for faster design changes
  • Lower financial exposure
  • Shorten production lead times
Low-Volume Manufacturing Tooling made at Star Rapid

Low-Volume Manufacturing Tool

Low-Volume Manufacturing Services

Plastic Injection Molding Machine with robotic conveyor system at Star Rapid

Plastic injection molding is ideal for making thousands of plastic part copies. We have a wide range of plastic material available.

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Using our imported 3, 4 and 5-axis CNC machining centers, our skilled machinists can make CNC milled and turned parts in a range of materials.

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Pressure die casting is used to make copies of cast parts in aluminum, zinc or magnesium. Molds are made in-house from H-13 steel using CNC machining and EDM/wire EDM.

Image of engineers in metal 3D printing department at Star Rapid

We use the advanced Renishaw AM250 to offer 3D metal printing in titanium, aluminum, maraging steel and stainless steel.

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When you send us your 3D CAD files, our technicians will evaluate your requirements and advise the best combination of services to meet your expectations. Contact us for a competitive quote.

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Low Volume Manufacturing: Further Reading

Whether you have created a prototype or you are still in the design phase, you should always be developing toward the final step: the finished product. Moving a product from prototyping to production is where many companies falter—it requires design experience, manufacturing expertise and, above all, the ability to learn from information gathered during the prototyping phase. Star Rapid has produced hundreds of prototypes for products across a wide range of industries. We’ve also worked closely with companies to improve their designs through our low volume production service and scale their products for larger production runs. We’ve put together several tips for moving your product from prototyping to production so you can take the next step with our expert guidance. Read more…

If you are looking for a low volume production service supplier, you’ve likely looked in China. There, expansive infrastructure, government support and competitive rates have contributed to an extensive array of production suppliers. However, not all suppliers in China are the exact same. To find the right one for your needs, you’ll want to consider several factors. In this guide, our low volume production service team covers 4 great ways to find the right Chinese supplier. Read our post to make the right choice in China. Read more…

Once belonging only to the realm of futuristic fantasy, exoskeletons are fast becoming a reality. Many businesses and organizations—including many manufacturers—are developing these suits for a number of applications. These wearable machines present incredible promise in enhancing mobility, increasing strength and protecting against injury. In this guide, our low volume production service team discusses the different types of exoskeletons (including both powered and unpowered models), their many benefits and the major ways they can change industries ranging from construction to healthcare. Read up on these boundary-pushing innovations and learn how we’ve contributed to the exoskeleton industry in this short guide. Read more…

 

Developing a product is a major expenditure. Whether you’re in the prototyping phase or the final production phase, you want to be sure that you understand every expense going into your product so that you can convey them to your manufacturer. This, in turn, will give you the most accurate estimate possible. In this post, our low volume production service team covers 6 essential materials to prepare before requesting a quote from your manufacturer to ensure a quick, reliable and accurate estimate. Get the numbers right the first time around with our help. Read more…

 

See Our Past Products

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Losing the remote—we’ve all done it. In search of a solution, Willett Design Group developed The Remote Controller, a lanyard with rubber holsters designed to keep all remotes in one consolidated area. Looking for a low volume manufacturing partner, they reached out to Star Rapid. We created a prototype for The Remote Controller with 3D printing, then used compression molding for low volume production. Read more…

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Designed by Ketalon as the ultimate tactical writing utensil, the Rohk Pen is made of special reinforced nylon and features a fail-proof bolt-action mechanism, plus a pocket clip with a unique forked design. Ketalon partnered with us to conduct a design for manufacturing review on the Rohk Pen and create tools for a low-volume production run. During the design for manufacturing review, we identified several challenges in the pen’s design, including the parting lines, draft angles and pen clip attachment. Read more…

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Striving to create the ultimate e-cigarette, development company ConsumerNext created Jimmy’z, an elegant e-cigarette and accompanying nicotine-free proprietary smoking blend. ConsumerNext enlisted our help to make a CNC milled aluminum case for several Jimmy’z models. We created low-volume production runs by first uploading CAD drawing files into our DELCAM Powermill software, then CNC milling according to the designs, and finally bead blasting the finished product to create a uniform matte finish. Read more…

Star Rapid Low-Volume Production Service FAQ

What makes Star Rapid’s low-volume production service unique?

There are several factors that separate our low-volume production service from the competition. For one, we offer an extensive variety of complementary in-house services — including metal 3D printing, CNC machining, vacuum casting, plastic injection molding, and finishing — to deliver our clients comprehensive prototyping and NPI (new product introduction) solutions. Secondly, we offer best-in-class material verification and testing services. Plus, we don’t require a minimum order volume or minimum dollar value, and we use state-of-the-art AI quotation algorithms for fast, accurate quotes.

Does Star Rapid manufacture the products?

Yes — our team completes all manufacturing at our facilities. This gives us a quality control advantage over other low-volume production services that outsource their manufacturing.

What materials does Star Rapid work with for its low-volume production service?

We routinely work with all conventional metals including copper, brass, stainless and mild steel, magnesium and aluminum. We also have a robust supply chain with thousands of commercial plastic resins, including transparent plastics, engineering- and medical-grade plastics, glass-filled plastics and more.

What are Star Rapid’s quality standards for low-volume production service?

The quality of your low-volume production parts is guaranteed by our rigorous control standards. This starts with an inspection of incoming materials to verify the integrity of all materials used. It also includes in-process inspection and testing to make sure you get parts that exceed your expectations. Certificates of Compliance are available upon request for all materials. For clients who can’t visit our facilities in person, we also offer detailed video files showing all production steps.

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Our improved algorithm decreases low-volume manufacturing quotation times by up to 90%. Most quotes are delivered within 24 hrs. and usually much less, depending on project details.

Your customer support partner will contact you directly to ensure you’ve received and understand all aspects of your quotation and to answer any questions you may have.

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