Several factors come into play when quoting a plastic injection molded part. Some of these factors are listed below along with a comment that should help you hone in on the most efficient price possible. Refer to the Bruin Plastic Design Workshop section for detailed explanations and illustrations.
Always research the material properties and choose the most basic material possible that can achieve the form, fit, and function you are needing for your plastic injection molded part. Materials such as polypropylene, polyethylene, polystyrene, polycarbonate, ABS, acetal, and nylon are just a few common base materials. Most of these materials can be formulated to include fillers to enhance their properties. Although Bruin is fully capable of molding these filled materials, only choose these grades if necessary. The more you stray from the basic material, the more you will pay. Also, stick with natural colors or black if possible. Most materials are commonly available in both. Custom colors are more costly with plastic injection molded parts.
Keep tolerances as wide as possible for your plastic injection molded parts. The wider the tolerance, the less expensive the part. You should ask yourself the question “what do I need?” rather than ask the molder “what can you hold”. As the part gets larger, the tolerance needs to get wider to achieve the capability. A rule of thumb is to increase the tolerance from .001” to .002” per inch increase in feature size. Bruin follows the Handbook of the Society of Plastics industry Standards for Molding Tolerances and will only warrant parts that strictly follow this standard.
When designing a plastic injection molded part, build the plastic around the function of the part. Start with the function and mating parts and add a consistent wall section around it. If areas need to be strengthened, add ribs and gussets with a thickness of no more than 60% of the adjoining wall it intersects with. This will help keep the amount of plastic to perform the desired function at a minimum. This saves money in raw material costs as well as cure time which are the two main drivers in the cost of a molded part. Bruin has a fully staffed engineering department ready to assist you in proper part design.
In general, plastic injection molding is geared more toward high-volume production. Quantities are typically in the thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or millions per year. Tooling costs can be expensive and can be a little less painful when amortizing the cost over many parts. Here at Bruin, we emphasize taking advantage of long continuous runs. When the mold is initially set up to run production, it takes a certain amount of time for the conditions to level off and begin producing consistent parts. Once it reaches that level of equilibrium, the cost of the setup starts to diminish and the Bruin lights out, automatic molding advantage takes over. The longer the run, the more the human labor costs become negligible.
Simple or complex, Bruin Manufacturing provides the fastest and most affordable plastic injection molding services for any application. Combining knowledgeable engineering personnel with highly trained technicians and advanced custom manufacturing processes, we can design and manufacture premium plastic parts with precision, speed, and quality.
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