FAQ

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GENERAL

When will MicroMolder and MicroMolder+ be released?


MicroMolder and MicroMolder+ are available for pre-order now.

MicroMolder completed a successful Kickstarter campaign in December 2020 (THANK YOU BACKERS!!!!). The supporters and backers of that campaign are our first and most important priority. Pre-orders placed during the campaign will be manufactured, assembled and delivered before we begin processing pre-orders placed through this website.

Pre-orders placed for either size machine will have an estimated 20 week lead time from pre-order date. Currently this is our best estimate that we can provide due to the high demand for both machines and the back log of Kickstarter units.

To receive a unit in 2021 we recommend placing a pre-order on the website. We will be processing new orders on a first come first serve basis once we complete all Kickstarter backer reward units. We have also created a quantity cap for produciton for 2021 in order to provide enough support to the community of new users.

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What is the price for MicroMolder and MicroMolder+


All pricing is currently listed in our webstore.




Will you ship MicroMolder to me?


We will be shipping units worldwide from the USA. However, all import duties and fees will be the responsibility of the consumer and not calculated into the final sales price at checkout. Additionally, you will need to check with your local government to ensure MicroMolder can be imported into your country (if outside the USA) and is within your governments rules and regulations on this type of machinery. Any returns due to failed delivery attempts or import prohibitions will be subject to a 25% restocking fee.




Does MicroMolder have a warranty?


Both the MicroMolder and MicroMolder+ will come with a 90 day limited warranty. Additionally, an extended warranty period can be added to your purchase at the time of checkout. Final details on both have yet to be finalized at this time.




I was a Kickstarter backer, can I upgrade my pledge to the MicroMolder+ ?


Kickstarter backers who pre-ordered a MicroMolder through our campaign will have the first opportunity get a MicroMolder+. If campaign backers wish to upgrade please contact us for details. Upgrades to MicroMolder+ will be discounted and may add additional time to the estimated delivery schedule depending on the reward level you supported at.





MACHINE OPERATION

How big of a part can MicroMolder make?


There is no one answer to this question. Part size output will range depending on the part design geometry, plastic type being injected, tool design and many other factors. Refer to the Specs page to find the details on shot and platen size to help you understand the maximum working envolope of the machine. The maximum working envolope of the machine is not a representation of the maximum part size that can be produced, its much smaller.




What plastic types can be used in MicroMolder?


Most general and engineering plastics can be used in MicroMolder. Each plastics melts and flows differently and those characteristics will have different results when shot into the same tool. Refer to our materials guide for more information on temperature and injection settings.




Can MicroMolder run 24/7?


It is NOT recommended to run MicroMolder at a production rate of 24 hours a day for 7 days a week. MicroMolder was not designed to be a high volume manufacturing solution. Frankly, there are better, faster and more capable machines on the market that can perform that type of operation. MicroMolder was designed to operate for a few hours on end to produce low volume batch production runs and for part prototyping/tesing/evaluation purposes.




What is the cycle time of MicroMolder?


Cycle time of MicroMolder depends on type of plastic, volume of plastic injected, tooling design and tooling material. For example, a small part the size of a clothing button will have a cycle time betweem 10-20 seconds. In contrast, a larger part such as a key FOB housing would have a cycle time between 40 seconds to 1 minute in an aluminum tool. Expect upward of 2-3 minutes for parts processed using 3D printed tooling.




Is MicroMolder automatic or manual?


MicroMolder is an automatic injection molding machine. Single parts or 100's of parts can be produced.