When you’re developing an injection molded part, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration. One of the most important things to consider is the price of your injection mold. This is dependant on a wide variety of different factors and it can fluctuate significantly depending on how those factors vary. Understanding the factors that affect the price of an injection mold can help you ensure that you are keeping costs as low as possible while maintaining the quality of your product.
- Part complexity: One of the main factors that affects the price of an injection mold is the complexity of the part. The more complex a part is, the more complex the mold will have to be and the more costly it will be to produce. If you’re manufacturing a complex part, it’s important to consider the complexity of your mold and the fact that it will likely be more expensive to produce. Any steps you can take to reduce the complexity of your part will likely help you reduce the cost of your mold.
- Manufacturing location: The price of your mold will also be affected by the location where you manufacture it. Typically, molds that are manufactured in the US are made with higher standards of quality. While manufacturing in the US can be more expensive, it can also offer a number of long-term benefits including longer-lasting molds, higher quality and faster turnaround times.
- Mold core metal: There are a variety of different metal materials that you can choose from for your mold core. Molds for parts that will only be manufactured in limited quantities are typically made with aluminum while stronger and more resilient metals are used for molds that are meant for long-term, high-volume use. Depending on the material that you choose, the cost to make your mold will change.
- Mold configuration: The customized configuration of your particular mold will affect the cost to produce it. Depending on where the polymer will be injected, the positioning of the cavities and the placement of cooling lines, the amount of time and material required to design and manufacture your mold will vary. It’s important to work with an engineer who can help you design a mold that will fit all of your specific needs while keeping your costs as low as possible.