As product life cycles shrink, it is starting to change the way people view injection mold tooling and parts.  In the past, aluminum molds were used primarily for prototype tooling and only a so called “fool” would use them for production.  Now, that is changing and changing fast.  With life cycles shrinking and the focus on the bottom line, people are looking for options to offset the cost of costly production molds.  That is where aluminum tooling is starting to take hold.  Recent an article was published in Plastics News talked about how Honda was starting to use aluminum molds for their product parts.  This would never have been the case several years ago.  Honda is using it for their front bumpers and other larger parts.  It is only a matter of time where people will start looking for both options on new custom designed parts.  I guess that is what a major global recession will do to change the thinking…