In manufacturing, it’s always a good idea to understand the best practices for the process you intend to use to create a part — whether it’s plastic molding, 3D printing, CNC machining or beyond. Best practices exist for every process, and they have been developed for a reason: they can help ensure the quality of your product; they can make your production process more efficient; and, overall, they can save you significant time and money throughout your development and ongoing production processes.
There’s so much that goes into developing an injection molded product for manufacture — proper design, prototyping, material selection and more — that it’s easy to overlook one of the most important aspects of the process: The injection mold tool itself. The choices you make in injection mold tooling resonate throughout the manufacturing process, meaning that they should never be taken lightly.
Plastic injection molding offers nearly unparalleled versatility and quality in manufacturing. The ubiquitous nature of the process means that it’s rarely a challenge to find an injection molding manufacturing partner, whether for tooling or for the process itself — another quality that makes injection molding a popular choice for products (though finding the right manufacturing partner is a different story). The cost of a plastic injection mold can, however, often stop entrepreneurs and engineers in their tracks as they experience a bit of “sticker shock,” especially if they’re unfamiliar with the process