We got a great response to last month’s money saving tips post. For this month, we wanted to provide you with 3 easy steps to ensure the success of your next tooling project.

Step 1: Get a Design for Manufacturability (DFM) Analysis

Most tool shops have the ability to provide some form of Design for Manufacturability (DFM) analysis, which can range from very basic to very detailed. No matter the level of detail, giving your mold maker the opportunity to review your designs ahead of time can go a long way in strengthening the customer-supplier relationship. Knowing everyone’s expectations in advance will streamline the tool build and lead to better molded parts.

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Step 2: Send Your Mold Maker a Rapid Prototype of Your Design

Any engineer knows that getting it right the first time is a rare phenomenon. Even after thorough DFM feedback and countless hours of CAD review, you never really know what you’re going to get until you hold the part in your hand. Do some research on which rapid prototype process suits your application the best, make sure the design is right, and then send a few sample parts to the mold making facility of your choice. Although they have surely seen thousands of parts, each design is unique, and seeing a rapid prototype part could change their perspective on the best way to mold the part. 

Step 3: Take Time to Thoroughly Review T1 Samples

After the DFM and rapid prototype phase, you can finally rest easy once the tooling is on order. The next challenge will arise when your molded T1 samples arrive. Although the race to get your product to market weighs heavily, it is extremely important to spend some time evaluating the initial parts off of the mold. Hastily signing off on your samples in order to produce thousands can be a disaster if the samples have not been properly evaluated. Along with fit and function testing, it’s a great idea to request hard data from your mold maker in the form of a first article inspection report.

I hope you find this information helpful. If you have any questions regarding this or any other injection molding information, please send us an email or give us a call at (770) 901-3200