The tooling cost is one of the essential factors in mold design and manufacturing. Tooling costs can range from $3,000 to $5,000, independent of the total number of manufactured parts and production volume. Small productions are particularly affected by tooling costs, which can increase the overall cost by 50 to seventy percent. Design modifications and cost reductions can minimize tooling costs.
Less expensive than fabrication techniques
Injection molding is a process that involves making complex parts using molds. It allows the manufacturer to produce parts with complicated geometries at a relatively low cost. However, a few essential issues must be considered before committing to an injection molding process. First, a properly designed mold must provide uniform thickness. Non-uniform walls can result in warping when a part cools.
Another essential factor to consider is the cost of tools and materials. While many injection molds are inexpensive, they often require expensive tooling. Tooling costs can easily top $5K. The total cost of a mold depends on how complex the design is. It can be as simple as $15K for a simple part or as complex as $500K for complex geometry.
Injection mold design and manufacturing is a very complex process that demands precision and accuracy. Injection molding processes must be tightly sealed to prevent the molten plastic from escaping, and the mold must have a ventilation system to allow air to exit the mold cavity.
Cost of tooling
The tooling cost for an injection mold design & manufacturing project depends on a few factors. The type of plastic used for the part and the number of production runs determine the final cost. However, there are ways to reduce the costs. For example, creating a part prototype will cost much less than creating a full-scale mold.
Another way to reduce costs is to make the design simpler. For example, if you are producing a container with a snap-together top and bottom, consider reducing the design to a one-piece design. This will save you money and speed up the design process.
Another way to save money on tooling is to re-purpose a mold. Often, the same mold will be used several times. For example, re-machine the mold if you want to produce a more extensive, taller version of a part. By using this method, you can save a great deal of money.
Precautions to avoid welding material back into the mold
There are several essential steps to consider when repairing a damaged injection mold. First, make sure your mold is in good condition. It should be well-maintained and free of rust. Rusty molds can cause issues with the parting line. It’s also essential to keep parting line surfaces clean. Another thing to check is mold flash, which indicates where there may be wear. For example, if your parting line is flashing around the component’s perimeter, there’s a problem with the clamping force or closure, or the ejector pin is worn.
To avoid welding material back into the mold, designers should provide sufficient clearance to account for tolerance variation. This variation depends on materials, tool design, and process control. In addition, tolerance ranges can vary from molder to molder, so it’s essential to discuss critical tolerance specifications with your molder and evaluate revision options in case of a problem. In some cases, extra clearance may be necessary, or it may be possible to tighten the fit by removing steel from the mold. In other instances, welding may be required to fix interference problems.