ABOUT XCENTRIC MOLD & ENGINEERING
For over 22 years, Xcentric has served the quick-turn, plastic injection molding industry. With the advancement of in-house technologies, Xcentric now offers CNC Machining, Rapid Prototyping and 3D Printing Services in addition to their core Injection Molding service. Also, Xcentric has expanded from the early years of serving solely automotive companies to now serving companies from the Fortune 100 to innovative start-ups across industries such as medical, aerospace, defense, automotive, healthcare, electronics and more.
The following characteristics distinguish Xcentric Mold & Engineering from our peers in the industry:
Focus on customer success
- Xcentric believes in a consultative approach to understand and deliver to our customers’ expectations, which is critical to consistently deliver on time-critical projects
- We fully understand the product development cycle and engage with our customers early in the ideation and design phases through prototyping to full production, and at any stage in between.
- Our capabilities are aligned with our customer needs, allowing us to handle even very complex components on a compressed delivery time
- We strive to respect our customers’ design intent to the highest degree possible within the constraints of good manufacturing practice. Where needed we work with our customers to understand improvements in design to improve the end result
Extensive experience serving a wide range of industries and applications
- Over 20 years helping actualize product development projects for products spanning most segments including medical device, consumer product, industrial products, automotive, defense, aerospace, electrical systems, and many others
- Drawing on this experience we can quickly understand the particular aspects of our customers’ project goals and convert them into successful outcomes
Deep manufacturing expertise
- Our team comprises experts from some of the most successful international manufacturing companies, development institutions, and universities with focus on advanced manufacturing
- A strong team of rapid manufacturing personnel who practice the Xcentric Methodology to accelerate each phase of the product realization process from consultation, through design, manufacturing, quality control, to logistics
- The result is an extremely efficient process to help our customers achieve their goals and produce their parts as closely as designed as possible
Robust and extremely efficient manufacturing capabilities
- Xcentric developed and utilizes a proprietary process engine to achieve extreme efficiency – essentially establishing a completely integrated end to end solution specialized on converting designs into custom components in a matter of days
- Production is performed in-house on high productivity, specially adapted manufacturing equipment to reduce non-productive effort, eliminate variability, and minimize end to end process time
- Manufacturing capacity is continuously expanded to assure that we are able to hold our quoted delivery times with consistent quality from low volume prototype projects to production of 250,000 components or more
Capabilities and Services
Medical Injection Molding
Xcentric has supported injection molding for medical equipment for more than 20 years with rapid manufacturing services to help get products to market efficiently. Due to the importance of this role, Xcentric works very closely with clients’ design and procurement teams at every phase of each project to assure the delivery of quality components. The company also follows a streamlined production process to make sure the right people are in place from design to part.
Metal And Plastic CNC Machining
Xcentric offers CNC Machining services utilizing the latest in CNC technology to make high precision machined parts for a wide range of applications. The company offers a full line of 3, 4 and 5 axis machining centers equipped with automation to handle both small and large volume runs.
3D Printing Services: Additive Manufacturing Compliments Injection Molding
Xcentric provides time critical manufacturing services that address the different phases of customer product launch cycles. Historically our focus has been on injection molded thermoplastic components, however as our customers’ requirements changed and manufacturing technologies advanced, Xcentric has evolved to continue to offer the desired outcome using the best available approach.
Rapid Prototyping Services
Xcentric offers a wide range of rapid manufacturing services that support customers through each stage of the product introduction cycle: research and development, prototype, pre-production, testing, and market introduction.
Xcentric’s mold making system is a proprietary process focused on achieving maximum efficiency in every phase of mold design, analysis, production, try-out, and injection molding production executed by a highly skilled team using state of the art equipment. This allows for a quick conversion of 3D part data into high quality injection molded components in the resins that customers specify in volumes from dozens to hundreds of thousands.
Overmolding Best Practices Guide
Overmolding is the plastic injection molding process of creating a single part using two or more plastic or elastomer materials. The base layer of the part is molded first then the additional plastic layers are molded over the original part. This guide offers an overview of the overmolding process and its benefits.
Material Wall Thickness Guide
Optimizing wall thickness will help develop stronger, better looking parts while also reducing blemishes and potential part warp. This guide offers a number of tips on producing the right wall thickness for each application.
Material Shrinkage Guide
Consider the effect of shrinkage on your part when selecting a material. This guide will provide tips and typical material shrink ratios.
Draft Angle Design Guide
Plastic parts should be designed with draft to prevent sticking and ejector pin push marks on the show surface during the injection molding process. When designing parts for the injection molding process, adding any amount of draft is better than none at all. This guide provides an overview of the draft angle and how it effectively reduces the risk of damage to finished parts.
Mold Flow Analysis Guide
This Mold Flow Analysis Guide covers a number of things to look for when analyzing mold flow, including fill time results, confidence of fill, average temperature, orientation at skin, air traps, skin lines, and skin marks.
The Smart Guide To Designing For Manufacturability eBook
Optimizing a part design from concept through production will help eliminate unneeded costs and reduce the time required to produce your custom injection molded plastic parts. This eBook discusses best practices for designing a part for injection molding, tips on features that may be incorporated into a design, and guidance to avoid common pitfalls. Whether in the design stage or ready for production, our manufacturing experts can help with every project, from design through prototyping, pre-production to production.
Injection Molding Best Practices Guide
Adhere to best practices when designing your part for the plastic injection molding process. Consider the “checklist” in this guide as a baseline to meeting your part expectations.
Custom Injection Molding With Product Design Teams
Crafting RFQs can be a time-consuming and difficult process; hence, the race by suppliers to shorten the time to provide quotes, with some even offering “instant” quotations. But, is this really a good thing for complex, custom injection molding projects?
In countless applications, metals cannot perform the role of a polymer. It is between these two spaces where either a polymer or metal could perform the desired functions at an acceptable manufacturing cost in commercially meaningful volumes.
When Is Injection Molding The Appropriate Manufacturing Process?
This article discusses how to determine whether injection molding is the appropriate manufacturing process for your application by examining three product factors: 1. material, size, and complexity; 2. manufacturing economics; and 3. prototypes and low-volume production.
Prototype Tooling Can Help Avoid Product Launch Delays And Cost Overruns
The process for launching a product with an injection-molded component has continuously developed over decades. Prototype tooling plays an important role in this process.
Maintaining Quality And Value While Moving Fast
According to an old adage, in business we are fortunate if we can choose any two of speed, quality, or value. There are rare instances where we are able to simultaneously enjoy all three. So how do companies achieve this, not just on the rare “good day”, but consistently?
What Is Overmolding?
This video offers an overview about what overmolding is to the injection molding process.
What Is An Undercut?
This video demonstrates the use of side actions to solve undercuts in a part design in the injection molding process.
What Is Insert Molding?
This video offers an overview about what insert molding is to the injection molding process.
Webinar: Plastic Material Choice Options For Medical Device Design Featuring PolyOne
This webinar covers a number of plastic material choice options for designing medical devices with a feature on Xcentric's PolyOne option.
Webinar: Adding Undercuts And Side Action Complexities Without Sacrificing Speed To Market
This webinar by Xcentric discusses the addition of undercuts and side action complexities to molding applications without sacrificing speed to market.
Design Considerations To Successfully Manufacture Complex Overmolds
Overmolding is a great injection molded feature you can utilize in your design to capture color contrasts, add flexibility or eliminate assembly. Take advantage of this feature by learning how to design your part for overmolding. This webinar will cover how to set up your design for complex overmolding, material evaluation and best practices for proper adhesion, and feature specifications to consider for good overmolds.
Webinar: Designing For Insert Molding
This short webinar offers a number of plastic injection molding design tips, tricks, and techniques to optimize your part using insert molding.
Designing For Manufacturability
This webinar video presents options for optimizing part design from concept through production to eliminate unneeded costs and reduce the time to produce your custom injected molded plastic parts. It also covers how to incorporate design elements like drafts, threads, hinges, and overmolding by taking advantage of the most advanced injection molding process engine and mold making system in the industry.
Selection Considerations Between 3D Printing And Injection Molding Processes
In this webinar, Xcentric evaluates 3D printing and injection molding processes. With more processes to select from, there are more questions as to which process should be used and for what purpose. The purpose of this webinar is to provide engineers with a grounded approach to determining which process type should be considered and why.
Common Plastic Injection Molding Design Challenges
Optimizing part design from its development through production will help eliminate mistakes, avoid additional costs, and get to market faster with your injection molded part. There are many design challenges that can occur in this process. This webinar will discuss how to address and overcome some common plastic injection molding design challenges.
The Differences Between Rapid And Traditional Manufacturing
The plastic injection molding industry and its manufacturing processes have evolved through the years. This webinar will help the viewer gain an understanding of the differences between the rapid and traditional manufacturing processes and how each directly influences and impacts the outcome of parts, costs and speed to market.