Services: Tool Design
Our engineers understand that mold design is fundamental to a successful product. We partner with your engineers to ensure that your part design is translated into the most cost-effective and reliable tool build possible.
As part of our DFM process, we look for ways to simplify and optimize your tool design to remove unnecessary cost and ensure that we can produce high-quality parts consistently and cost-effectively.
We consider these and other factors during the tool design process:
- Adhering to appropriate plastics design principles to minimize defects (e.g., consistent wall thicknesses, minimizing sharp corners, optimal gate placement, eliminating potential hot spots).
- Reducing or eliminating undercuts or features that require costly side actions to release the part from the mold.
- Providing adequate draft so the part can be released from the tool cavity without damage.
- Applying appropriate tolerancing that can be adhered to during the molding process and still enables the correct mechanical functionality of the part.
All aspects of tool design are reviewed to ensure satisfaction with the final product, including venting and draft, grade of steel, gate location, melt delivery, and other factors.
Injection molding tools are investments. Our design process identifies potential problems and solves them early in the design process – ideally before tools are built. We will remain engaged throughout your build to deliver you a mold that can meet your needs for many years to come.