Developed with designers, engineers, and purchasing specialists in mind, our completely revised and expanded eBook, An Introduction to Plastic Injection Molding provides a thorough understanding of plastic injection molding processes, presses, and costs. Our goal is to help our customers and followers become more knowledgeable about what goes into making a plastic part.
High-quality plastic components are essential to sustainable viability and growth for many companies. As such, it is important that these components come with quick production lead times and affordable pricing. To effectively meet these standards, it is usually necessary to outsource the services to a team of experts.
On the other hand, when businesses that utilize highly customized plastic components decide to manufacture these items in-house, they often run into unanticipated problems. These could include unexpected costs, preventable production delays, and loss of quality. The entire production process can easily become much more complicated than necessary without the proper expertise.
One of the most common questions for those looking to source a plastic injection molder is “How much will a plastic injection mold cost?” It's one of the most important questions, since the actual mold represents the most significant expense in upfront production costs. That being said, many factors go into determining the full cost. With any custom injection molding project, your injection molder should be able to give you the final price tag. In this article, we will review the variables that can impact the cost so that you can be better informed when making a mold purchasing decision.
Injection molding is the most common plastic molding process and is used to create a wide variety of complex parts of different size and shape. Whether it’s an overcap for a water bottle or a vinyl window part being manufactured, injection molding is efficient and economical, especially if high volumes of parts are being produced.
Manufacturing plastic injection molded components in-house as part of a customer’s end product can prove to be a major challenge from an efficiency, quality and cost perspective. Over the years, Rodon has garnered many of our largest customers who were doing their best to manufacture their injection molded components in-house, but found the process to be problematic and inefficient.
Producing plastic components of high-quality at a competitive cost is a constant challenge. Very often, the process proves to be more complicated and involved than most OEM’s think. They often make a decision to save money by doing their molding in-house and soon discover that the “inexpensive” small plastic part takes quite an investment in infrastructure to do it right.
Earlier last year, we discussed 3D printing. Though it has been around for quite a while, the new printing technique has only been a player in the public consciousness for about five years.
In that time, the public’s perception of what 3D printing can do has eclipsed the process’ actual capabilities. And with more recognition come more inquiries — everybody wants to explore 3D printing as an option for their next project, and are eager to want to move on from more traditional methods, such as injection molding.
3D Printing and Injection Molding
The two processes are similar — they both primarily produce parts and components from plastic, and they are both capable of high degrees of geometric complexity. However, there are important differences as well.
One of the more appealing aspects of 3D printing is the absence of steep initial costs. Because of its need for specially tooled dies, the creation of which is an expensive process, injection molding requires considerable initial costs. Though imposing at first, these startup costs are amortized over the lifespan of the die and the production run — in high volume injection molding projects, the startup costs are amortized over more individual parts, leading to a relatively low per-part cost.
Manufacturing plastic injection molded components in-house as part of an end product can prove to be a major challenge from an efficiency, quality and cost perspective. Over the years, Rodon has garnered many of our largest customers who were doing their best to manufacture their injection molded components in-house but found the process to be problematic and inefficient.
The Rodon Group was very busy this past year providing information to help companies make better decisions about their plastic manufacturing. With close to 100 articles in 2015, we covered a lot of territory. We thought we would take a moment to highlight our favorites posts and the posts that got the greatest response from our readers. We hope you find these helpful, informational and even entertaining.
A common question for designers and engineers is “How much will a plastic injection mold cost?” It makes sense. Injection molds represent the greatest expense in upfront production costs. And, there are many factors that go into determining the cost. With any custom injection molding project, your injection molder will be able to give you the final price tag.
In this article, we will review the variables that can impact the cost so that you can be better informed in making a mold purchasing decision.