1 This is a basic flow of options that can lead to full production of a long lifecycle component - or just a few parts needed for a small series run.
2 A 1/2 mould is of full production quality, but with only 1/2 of the available space used for moulding parts (assuming it is a multi-cavity mould) The other 1/2 can be added later as production needs increase - this spreads the start-up cost of a high quality tool without needing to discard investment of the initial work. Another advantage is to incorporate extra features for a slightly different model, while keeping the first one intact.
Prototype tools can be partly manually operated to reduce costs if only a few dozen/hundred parts are needed. This will make the
4 When upgrading to full production tooling from prototype tooling, design and feature options not practical in lower price tooling can be readily incorporated into higher quality tooling for best quality and functionality of component. For example, post moulding operation on parts from prototype tooling can be eliminated - thus saving money on parts costing. For example, threads, side holes, undercuts etc.
5 One must also consider the estimated lifespan of a component. Prototype tools are not intended for years of work - their usefulness is limited by many factors including material used - for both mould and polymer, style of component, ease of ejection from mould, gating options etc.
6 A digital model simplifies the start-up of new product. It can be adjusted rapidly to completely reorient features and function. In a short time, a clear concept can be presented for initial approval of product features. The model can be emailed and printed in colours and viewed from every angle.
Phone, email photo or fax sketch. Then meet to discuss the best process, and approx. costings.
Here, we'll explore your options when making a new product, or just developing an idea. It might be a plastic product, a device or just a concept you're thinking about.
I need dozens to a few hundred parts
Machine from solid bar, sheet or plate.
Model OK, go to full production
Consider improvements to design, and functional details of component
Parts good, but quantity must greatly increase
Refine costing for mould and components
Mould parts from low price prototype mould
I need several hundred to several thousand
I need a moulded part
I need hundreds of thousands
High quality, full-production mould
I need a prototype or sample of my idea
Machine from solid plastic, aluminium, steel or other material
The prototype needs changes to operate as hoped
Modify or make new prototype to improve design
High quality production 1/2 mould
a Digital 3D model
Finish with paint, polish or texture.
Print a 3D model
I need a few parts
Printed Prototype OK, increase to full production