The Advantages of Small Batch Injection Molding for Prototyping

May 28, 2024

Small-batch injection molding is a manufacturing technique for producing limited parts. It is a cost-effective way to create prototypes, as it permits manufacturers to test their designs and make changes before committing to a large-scale production run. This blog will review the advantages of small-batch injection molding for prototyping.

At Darter Plastics, we take pride in our high-quality plastic injection molding services, which are ISO-compliant and meet the highest industry standards. Our small batch injection molding services include molding any plastic material, and we recycle and reprocess all waste to promote sustainability.

High-Quality Parts

Small-batch injection molding produces high-quality parts that are consistent in size and shape. This means manufacturers can make accurate and reliable prototypes, allowing them to test their designs confidently. It also guarantees the final product will be of high quality, which is essential for industries where safety and reliability are paramount.

At Darter Plastics, we take pride in providing our clients with affordable, high-quality, small-batch injection molding services that meet industry standards. Our advanced machinery, skilled team, and ISO-compliant processes ensure that we produce consistent and reliable parts that meet our clients’ needs at an affordable price. 

We work with various materials to allow our clients to choose what best suits their specific requirements, including the following materials: 

  • ABS
  • Acetal
  • Acrylic
  • Copolymer and Homopolymer Polypropylene
  • Nylon
  • PEEK
  • PET
  • Polyether Ether Ketone
  • Polycarbonate
  • Polyester
  • Polypropylene
  • Polystyrene
  • Polyurethane
  • Thermoplastic
  • Thermoset

We aim to work with our clients to provide them with the best high-quality solution that meets their needs.

Cost-Effective Production

Small-batch injection molding is an excellent option for prototyping because it is cost-effective. It allows manufacturers to produce a limited number of parts without incurring the high costs associated with large-scale production runs. This means that prototypes can be produced at a lower price, making it easier for manufacturers to test their designs and make changes as needed.

Darter Plastics’ small batch injection molding services are a cost-effective solution for manufacturers and businesses that need to produce a limited number of parts. Unlike large-scale production runs, small-batch production allows manufacturers to create prototypes without acquiring high costs associated with tooling, labor, and material waste. 

We offer the advantage of inexpensive aluminum tooling that reduces costs on smaller runs, making our services even more cost-effective for our clients. Our commitment is to provide excellent service and high-quality products while keeping cost-effectiveness in mind.

Quick Turnaround Time

Small batch injection molding is also beneficial for prototyping because it has a quick turnaround time. This means that manufacturers can produce prototypes promptly and proficiently, allowing them to test their designs and make changes before choosing an official design. This is particularly important for industries where time is of the essence, such as the medical and aerospace industries.

At Darter Plastics, we are committed to providing high-quality parts for our clients, even in small-batch injection molding projects. We understand that our clients need reliable and efficient services, so we offer emergency services, quoted on a job-by-job basis, and rush services to meet their needs.

Flexibility in Design

Small-batch injection molding allows manufacturers to be flexible in their design choices. This means that they can make changes to their designs quickly and easily without incurring high costs or long lead times. It also means they can test multiple design options, permitting them to choose the best option for their needs.

Darter Plastic’s injection molding services are highly flexible and allow various design possibilities. Our capabilities include producing large, micro, miniature, multi-component, and small components. 

Additionally, we offer several mold process types, including insert molding and over-molding. These processes provide the unique advantage of embedding a metal insert in a part during manufacturing, resulting in an improved product structure and increased strength. 

Moreover, our solid process allows us to manufacture solid parts without hollow cavities, making them ideal for specific product applications. All these processes are carried out with great precision, ensuring high-quality parts that meet or exceed your expectations. With Darter Plastic, you can rest assured that your design needs are met with flexibility and efficiency.

Reduced Waste

Small-batch injection molding produces less waste than traditional manufacturing methods. This is because it uses less material, meaning less material is wasted during production. This is not only environmentally friendly, but it also reduces costs associated with material waste.

Small batch injection molding runs at Darter Plastics are designed to minimize waste and environmental impact. During production, plastic scrap generated during injection is easily ground and reprocessed, significantly reducing wastage. This cost-effective and environmentally friendly process ensures we use only the necessary materials, reducing our carbon footprint. 

By choosing Darter Plastics for your small-batch injection molding needs, you can be assured that we are committed to providing exceptional products while minimizing our environmental impact.


In conclusion, Darter Plastics is the right choice if you are looking for a reliable, cost-effective, and high-quality small-batch injection molding service. With our years of experience, advanced machinery, and dedication to environmental sustainability, we can and will meet all your prototyping needs. Contact us today to discover more about our services and how we can help bring your designs to life.

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