PLASTIC MOLDING BLOG

Silicones vs. TPEs for Infant Care Products

Posted by Mike Fil on April 15, 2019

Designers of infant care products need safe, clean materials with the right performance properties and processing capabilities. Silicones, a group of synthetic elastomers, are used in baby care products such as pacifiers, baby bottle nipples , feeding sets, sippy tops ,...

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How to prepare CAD Drawings for Your New Manufacturer

Posted by Mike Fil on February 13, 2018

As we’ve previously mentioned, when you’re considering moving manufacturer or reshoring your product to the USA it’s important to have design files (CAD drawings) of your product on hand. Using these files, your manufacturer can develop a deeper understanding of your product...

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Choosing the Right Color for Your Silicone or Plastic Product

Posted by Corie Yodis on March 2, 2018

The color of your plastic or silicone product can make all the difference, especially for your consumers. It’s the first thing any customer will see of a product and can make a real impact on sales. The right color choice can set you apart from competitors and other brands,...

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How much will my mold cost?

Posted by Penny Rodden on August 24, 2020


 

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"How much is my mold going to cost?"

This must be the most asked question in the LSR & Plastics molding industry. As a sales representative, it is my job to help guide you in the most efficient and cost effective way of getting your product to market.

It all starts with a well designed CAD file, hopefully. I say hopefully because quite often there are slight changes that are required to the CAD files to make the product injection-moldable. Sometimes it is just as simple as adding a draft angle, and other times it requires complete redesign to avoid costly tooling needs. Please read why CAD files are needed here: (https://www.extrememolding.com/blog/why-most-good-silicone-manufacturers-need-cad-files).

 

"What are some of these cost-driving factors?"

Simple. Moving parts. The more complex the part the more complex the tooling. Simple geometry means less work for the tool maker. Parts with deep pockets such as bowls, cups, and pans require more time in machining. Parts with deep undercuts, and complex geometry often require slides, collapsible cores, and a third plate on an occasion. Even whether you decide to include raised or subsurface lettering makes a difference in pricing.

A good CAD designer is worth their weight in gold. They can usually save you thousands on tooling with a well thought out design. They should have design expertise in form, fit, and functionality for silicone or plastic molding. Some additional tips on how to reduce costs you can get more information in our blog ( https://www.extrememolding.com/blog/reduce-cost-injection-molding).

 

"Give me the best and worst-case scenario."

Customers are usually shocked when they are told their injection mold can range from $12,000 on the low end to $100,000+ on the high end. Steel costs are currently at an all-time high, second only to July 2020, however, market indicators are showing that 2021 will bring a sharp decline in pricing. With steel being more costly, customers have the option for aluminum which is a great fit for some parts, and if volumes are under 50,000 a year. But it’s not just the steel costs, it’s the hours and hours of machining time required to make sure the mold can be heated or cooled, and parts can be ejected from the mold that drive the cost as well. We understand tooling is a big cost and usually the deciding factor on whether a project will move forward. There are many different financing options, and for more information on financing your mold please read our blog: (https://www.extrememolding.com/blog/how-do-i-finance-my-new-injection-mold).

Let the small business partnership experts at Extreme Molding work with you to manufacturer your plastic or silicone product efficiently and domestically right here in America. Contact us today!

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