Moldworx Consolidates into New Facility, Makes N95 Masks

Moldworx LLC, Gilbert, Arizona, a full-service contract manufacturer specializing in custom design and build of injection molds, precision automation, assembly and laser marking equipment, as well as providing injection molding of engineering thermoplastic components for a range of markets, has announced the company’s expansion to a new facility.

The 24,000-plus sq. ft. stand-alone facility has allowed Moldworx to combine its mold and equipment manufacturing facility with its injection molding facility. With all capabilities in one place, the company can achieve greater efficiencies and collaboration among departments. Moldworx currently employs 35 people.

Moldworx’s injection molding department recently added two injection molding presses to bring its total to 10 ranging from 55 to 400 tons. The company plans to begin offering white room molding services for the medical industry in addition to its contract manufacturing services that include overmolding, heat staking and the development of automation for product assembly and work-flow process design and engineering.

Recently, the company began making FDA-approved face masks to help fill the demand for these items due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company was contacted via Facebook social media by someone wanting to 3D print face masks through the #makethemasks movement. Moldworx was able to modify the original 3D printing file, create an injection-molded version and then design and build the mold.

The masks are made from a pliable thermoplastic polyurethane material, comfort-fitting with reusable, replaceable FDA-approved N95 filter elements. The mask accommodates these simple filter elements or a twist-on cartridge filter. To date, Moldworx has produced 2,000 masks to be donated to healthcare professionals in Arizona. “We estimate we can produce and ship 2,400 units a week with the ability to quadruple production if needed,” said Jim Taylor, president and CEO of Moldworx.

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