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Bridge Tooling

Norck, a leading digital manufacturing company, manufactures bridge tooling for injection molding extremely reliable, top quality, and fast for a wide range of industries including aerospace, defense, robotics,  industrial, automotive, electronics, energy, hardware, and consumer products. Our team of highly qualified engineers and cutting-edge facilities will provide you with quality products with the quickest turnaround time at a competitive price. Whether you have high volume production projects or rapid protototyping needs, Norck can manage it with the results better than expectations.

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Let’s give you some insight how Norck manufactures bridge tooling and injection molding.

What is Bridge Tooling?

There are mainly three toolings used for injection molding projects: prototype, bridge, and production tooling.

Bridge tooling is used for the phase between prototyping and production tooling to produce a medium-volume of a part or product. Its purpose is to provide components to start the assembly processes while waiting for the production tooling for mass production or to test the market.

The mold is made from mild-grade steel and has missing features like a cooling system, which reduces its cost compared to production tooling.

What are the advantages & disadvantages of bridge tooling?

Bridge tooling offers many advantages:

• Cost effective: Cost is reduced due to the mold material (mild steel)

• Accurate parts: Bridge molds are more accurate than prototype tooling, which will reduce deficiencies.

• Fast to manufacture tooling: Since the mold is missing features and the used material is mild, bridge tooling can be manufactured faster than production tooling, which helps start the assembly process while waiting for the manufacturing of the production tooling.

• Well adapted for medium-volume production.

But there are some disadvantages as well:

   - Mild material: will wear if the molded plastic is rigid or has fiberglass in it.

How is it fabricated?

Bridge injection molding mold is made through four steps:

1. Plastification: The plastic granules are transferred from the hopper to the mold using a rotating screw and molted using heaters.

2. Injection: The plastic granules are transferred from the hopper to the mold using a rotating screw and molted using heaters.close until the plastic solidifies.

3. Cooling: After injection, the molted plastic will be cooled down to become solid using a cooling circuit. The screw will hold its position to hold the pressure inside the mold.

4. Ejection: After the molted plastic solidifies using a cooling circuit, the Die is opened, and the part is ejected via ejector pins. The screws will retreat to prepare for the next injection.

Obtaining a fully functional part might require extra processing for features that can’t be made with the Bridge tooling process, such as taping. The designed part should follow Bridge tooling design guidelines.


Why Norck?

Norck, a leading manufacturing company driven by technology, high quality data and artificial intelligence, focuses on manufacturing excellent quality of sheet metal parts, custom parts and components, a wide range of 3D printed parts and moldings. It is a single source for a wide of range of companies around the world for their need of sheet metal fabrication, CNC machining, 3D printing, and molding. 

Besides its own production capacity, Norck’s ability access to a huge amount of manufacturing capacity of its top quality partners across Europe and the U.S allows it to provide its customers with low and high volume production, rapid prototyping and a wide range of manufacturing services from sheet metal fabrication to 3D printing.

Norck’s data-driven AI approach to manufacturing maximizes its overall product and service quality, while minimizing the overall cost of its parts and services. This leads to high quality products, better inventory programs for our customers worldwide, better visibility for supply chain management.

Norck’s team of manufacturing engineers, mechnical engineers, quality engineers, supply chain engineers, industrial designers, artificial intelligence engineers, data scientists, and software application developers work in a unique and coherent way to provide your company with high quality manufacturing parts and services, better design for manufacturability and all driven by data and artificial intelligence.

As a single source for all your manufacturing needs, Norck minimizes your overhead cost, diversifies your supply chain, improves your parts’ design for manufacturability, significantly improves the quality of services and parts you outsource, minimizes suppliers’ risks, improves your purchasing power, and provides the goods and services with a philosophy of just in time.




Artificial Intelligence Augmented

Artificial Intelligence Augmented

Norck gathers and uses thousands of data points to augment its engineers with a state of the art artificial intelligent system for better design and manufacturability.

Innovation at Work

Innovation at Work

Besides being an artificial intelligence augmented digital manufacturing company, we also develop extremely innovative manufacturing tools, fixtures and of course software applications such as RapidCAD, a highly intuitive and innovative web based CAD application.

Chain Resilience

Creating Supply Chain Resilience

Working with Norck effectively reduces your risks against supply chain shocks, unforeseen delays, price fluctuations, and quality issues, thus increasing your company’s resilience in its outsourcing and supply chain . Besides its own capacity, Norck has premium access to hundreds of sheet metal fabrication, CNC machining, and 3D printing partners across the United States, Germany, and Europe.

Access to Huge Capacity

Access to Huge Capacity

Besides Norck's own production capacity, Norck has access to hundreds of top quality sheet metal, CNC machining, and 3D printing service providers across the United States, Germany, and Europe, making it one of the leading digital manufacturers in the world.

Green Driven

Green Driven

Norck encourages its partners to be carbon-neutral, and gives carbon neutral compliant suppliers priority over non-compliants.