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Many projects fail due to insufficient prototype tools. The concept of prototype tools is that they are an unnecessary step that increases costs and decreases production times. Without a prototype tool, custom injection molding can be done without significant downtime or cost. As a result, the savings associated with skip prototype tooling quickly evaporate. The higher risk of part defect also increases the likelihood of incurring legal expenses. Depending on the complexity of the project and the overall production costs, prototype tooling accounts for around 20% to 40% of overall production costs.
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Prototyping Tooling Way to Speeds up the Production Process


Many projects fail due to insufficient prototype tools. The concept of prototype tools is that they are an unnecessary step that increases costs and decreases production times. Without a prototype tool, custom injection molding can be done without significant downtime or cost. As a result, the savings associated with skip prototype tooling quickly evaporate. The higher risk of part defect also increases the likelihood of incurring legal expenses. Depending on the complexity of the project and the overall production costs, prototype tooling accounts for around 20% to 40% of overall production costs.


The Elements of Prototype Tooling

A prototype tool is typically constructed from softer materials and is usually only used for single-cavity production. This allows OEMs to visualize potential issues and provide a better understanding of an application's requirements. Working with an experienced injection molder helps verify information prior to making a decision.


1.Testing Different Plastic Materials

Performance-tested prototypes are commonly assembled to handle low-volume production. This ensures that they can be thoroughly evaluated without a major financial commitment. Having the luxury of physically evaluating materials is a major advantage in making a final selection.


2. Confirming Part Geometry Feasibility

This is a great opportunity to see if the part filling properly without defects. It is also a good opportunity to revise the prototype tool with various cuts and welds. Creating a part geometry that fits to production may involve the application of various components' dimensions. With prototype tooling, these steps can be quickly and thoroughly tested.Unlike final production tools that are built to last a long time, the main goal of the prototype tool is to gather data.


3. Optimizing Gate Location

Gating allows the material runners to interface with the tool cavity, making their location and design pivotal in molded part quality. An injection molder can help with the design of gates and other components of a Manufacturability Analysis. This tool can also guide prototypes through welding and cutting tools. Doing so allows the user to modify the production tool's design and performance without having to spend time and money on acquiring a new set of tools.


4. Evaluating Complex Part Geometries

Since components such as slides and lifters are used in production tools to form undercuts, they are very complex and expensive to make. However, injection molding these features into a prototype injection mold can be challenging due to the varying dimensions and other challenging geometries involved.


5. Reducing Production Time

Overall, it is quicker and cheaper to make changes to a prototype tool compared to the production tool. With years of experience in designing and developing prototype tools, TEAM MFG can provide the most accurate and up-to-date prototypes for our clients.

● Lead to a final design that requires far fewer revisions to the production tool

● Save time and money on the back end of the project

● Optimize cycle times and reduce overall production costs


What About Rapid Prototyping and Additive Manufacturing?

Due to the nature of additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping, many prototypes are not able to gather valuable production data such as gate locations and cooling rates.


Through the use of prototype tooling, engineers can identify and correct production challenges before they are even considered for production. A fast and efficient production process helps minimize the time and cost associated with traditional engineering and manufacturing processes. For more information, contact us at enquiry@teamrapidtooling.com today!


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