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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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Why Most Silicone Manufacturers Need CAD Files

Posted by Mike Fil on November 21, 2018

When you’re ready to take the next steps and turn your prototype into a real product it can sometimes feel like a sticking point when manufacturers require CAD drawing files before they begin a consultation or start product development with you.

We get asked about the CAD...

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Launching a New Silicone Product in 2019

Posted by Mike Fil on January 25, 2019


With the New Year it's an ideal time to expand or diversify your product offerings and to consider your silicone manufacturing options.

You may be looking to offer silicone products to be used in medical settings, in the home, or for a variety of business needs across industries (such as infant care or pet products). No matter which silicone products you are planning on launching in 2019, it is important that you find a manufacturer that meets your needs.

Here's how to find the right silicone injection molder in 2019:

Finding a Manufacturer

If you're considering creating new silicone products or are looking to re-shore your manufacturing process, there are a few key points that you should consider when looking for a manufacturer in 2019. First and foremost, you should evaluate your needs and vision. Most long-term manufacturing partnerships flourish when there are shared values that both your company and your manufacturer hold.

Once you have these values in mind, determine your timeline and understand the volumes you seek. You want to find a manufacturing partner who can be with you from ideation to production, so the more details you have about your product the better.

Getting Started with a Manufacturer

One of the most important things you can do when choosing a manufacturer is to create Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) files. CAD files are two- or three-dimensional depictions of your product stored as digital files. They specify sizing and shape of your product and function to give the manufacturer a more accurate idea of what it will take on their end to product your silicone product using injection molding. CADs also allow the manufacturer to collaborate with you on the final design of your mold and gain a deeper appreciation of the final product. CAD files are often one of the initial requirements that manufacturers have during the consultation phase, so if you're looking to find a manufacturer, make sure your CAD files are ready to go to begin the process smoothly.

What Makes a Good Manufacturer

When looking for a good silicone product manufacturer you should also consider:

  • Location: Looking for manufacturers that are based in the USA means finding molders who are more likely to get to know your company on a personal level and be interested in spending time with you in a partnership. Because silicone production is a fast-paced process that comes with a host of challenges and potential road blocks, it is important to have a manufacturer that you trust and can get in touch with quickly regarding changes and additional needs. Silicone products made in the USA are high-quality, and that starts with a high quality relationship.
  • Speed: A good manufacturer will meet and exceed your deadlines when it comes to production. Turn-around time from production to shipping tends to be quicker for products produced in the USA, and can lead to reduced overall costs.
  • Expertise: Find a manufacturer who employs skilled workers who have years experience in the highly complex environment of silicone injection molding. High quality, experienced, staff can produce high quality silicone products and have the ability to advise on your product design, material selection, and other processes. Remember, ideally your manufacturer is a partners with you throughout the entire production process rather than just a vendor. They should be willing and able to provide advice when you need it.

No matter which silicone products you are going to have manufactured in 2019, the products will only be as good as the manufacturer that they come from. Consider your company's manufacturing and production needs, generate your CAD files, and look for high quality silicone injection molding manufactures in the United States that can assist you best.

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At Extreme Molding our experts will advise on every step of the silicone injection molding process. Once you bring us your CAD drawing files, we’ll be able to offer advice on design and material selection as well as secondary processes you might require. Contact us today for a free consultation on your CAD files.

Tags: Liquid Silicone Molding, Injection Molding, Product Design, 2019