The injection molding process is one that, although the baseline concept is simple, involves a number of intricate facets and moving parts (both literally and figuratively). The number of settings, calibrations, sub-processes, and choices that can be made or changed — even minimally — can have major effects on the finished product. Those effects include its quality, appearance and the time it takes to make it — among many others. What’s more, each of those aspects plays a part in another major component of a product — its cost and, by extension, its bottom line.
When you’re talking about universal best practices for designing parts for injection molding, there are a few that are simply unavoidable. At the top of the list, you’ll almost always find the requirement for draft angles for your parts. (If it isn’t draft angles, it’s probably uniform wall thickness, detailed here previously.)
As an entrepreneur exploring the possibilities for manufacturing your new product, you may run into unfamiliar phrases from time to time, and “turnkey manufacturing” might be one of them. That nomenclature hasn’t really crossed over into the non-manufacturing world, so you may be wondering what it’s all about. So what is turnkey manufacturing?