In July 2023, Westec officially announced the acquisition of the Mantle P-200 metal 3D printer, making us one of the first to implement this cutting-edge technology on a manufacturing floor. The Mantle P-200 ushers in a new era of speed, flexibility, and efficiency for Westec’s tooling capabilities, allowing us to meet customer needs like never before.
The Mantle P-200 metal 3D printer has transformed our production timeline, allowing us to build a tool insert in as little as 2-4 weeks, compared to the previous 12-week lead time. The P-200 enables us to engage with customers earlier in the design process by printing prototype inserts in P20 or H13, promising unmatched precision and quality. This accelerated production timeline enables Westec to deliver samples quickly, expediting the entire production submission process. Using Mantle’s tech, we can complete up to 70% of the job and have our toolmakers handle the specialized steps only humans can do.
The Mantle P-200 also offers Westec the flexibility to customize the insert size to accommodate different mold bases. By minimizing the need to build entire tools, we significantly reduce costs, lead times, and shipping expenses. With everything produced in-house and no overseas dependencies, Westec can guarantee complete control over the manufacturing process.
Our dedicated team of engineers and mold makers are skilled and experienced in the science of plastic molding manufacturing and mold design.
Our plastic mold manufacturing process begins with a completed part design review that is optimized for moldabilty. Mold material and the number of cavities designed are based on the quantities of parts required and the time frames in which those parts are to be delivered. A thorough mold design — with customers’ approval — is completed prior to cutting steel to ensure it is correctly “Designed for Manufacturing.”
Westec customers count on our seasoned mold makers, state-of-the-art engineering CAD technology, CNC, and EDM plastic molding manufacturing expertise to fabricate and maintain their molds at very competitive prices.
We offer short turnaround times, while guaranteeing the quality and long-term reliability of any Westec Plastics mold whether it is manufactured in house or by one of our long-term overseas suppliers who have agreed to adhere to our stringent quality standards.
In addition to customizing and building new molds, our in-house tool makers are capable of making mold modifications, mold repairs, and scheduled mold maintenance.
Providing these services in-house limits the amount of mold down-time — ensuring Westec Plastics is able to meet customer requirements and deadlines.