What to Think About When Creating a Prototype

Do you have an idea for a new product that will take the world by surprise? Are you ready to create a new device that will enable you to start your own small business? Before you start a crowd-funding campaign or a Kickstarter for your new product, you need to create a prototype! A prototype is a pre-production model or sample of a potential product that will help you work out the kinks before you produce large quantitates for sale. It demonstrates to potential customers, suppliers and investors what you envision your product to be. More importantly, it help you figure out ways to save money and make your product more appealing to customers. Let’s say you have an idea for a new type of water bottle. You’ve been playing around with different designs and filters for months and you feel you finally have the right design. Before you buy hundreds of bottles and line up a commercial store, take the time to show it to a manufacturing company so they can create a prototype and make sure the product can be complete. Prototype Trial and Error When prototyping your product, examine how well it will do when made in a large quantity. Will you be able to recreate it when you need more of the product? Do the bottles need certain features that the manufacturing company can take care of? Is there a label that you need to place on the bottle? Developing a prototype helps you figure all these costs and will help you figure out the sales and shipping. For example, consider not only the cost...

The Advantages of Prototyping Plastic Products

The field of injection molding and plastic part manufacturing has grown substantially in the last few decades. With the help of a professional plastic product manufacturer, making plastic products in a profitable manner offers a sustainable cutting edge in the business competition. The products manufactured from plastic are not only lightweight and cost effective, they’re also more durable, safer, flexible, and are aesthetically pleasing. At Design-Tek, we have seen a growth of plastic products in different spheres of activity. With the advancements and developments in manufacturing technology, processing machines, and cost-effective manufacturing, plastic is replacing typical materials in different segments. Unless you have a thorough understanding about plastic part manufacturing, you might not think it’s an easygoing process. It involves many calculative manufacturing phases and a miscalculation can lead to a tragedy. However, all hazards can be minimized with the help of product prototyping. A product prototype development is done to help make the modifications and fixes on a product before the final product is mass-produced. Read below to see the top advantages of prototyping in the field of plastic product manufacturing. Advantages of Prototyping Plastic Products Controlled Manufacturing Cost and Time Product prototyping allows a business owner to test his/her concept of the product and discover any flaws. Business owners have the opportunity to correct the flaws or emerge with solutions for improving the product. This step reduces the risk of the product failing, which drastically reduces manufacturing cost and time. Preview of the Final Product A prototype is nothing but a functional working model of a product that is in the process of development. It includes all...

Advantages and Disadvantages of Injection Molding

One of the most popular ways to mold plastic is through injection molding, but is it the most really the most efficient process for your mold? Find out if it’s right for you by reading the advantages and disadvantages of injection molding. Advantages of Injection Molding There are several advantages when it comes to using injection molding over other plastic molding processes. It allows plastic molding companies to be able to produce more complex products in different shapes and designs that otherwise would be difficult or impossible. It would also make the cost of the product considerably higher. With the injection molding process, molding companies are able to mass produce parts because of the high production output while having a low labor cost that is easy to repeat. Injection molding allows for workload to be cut down because the product is essentially finished once the initial mold is designed. It also helps to save resources for plastic molding companies because the company will be able to recycle material or any unused molding plastic or scraps. Those items can be melted down and reground for possible future use; therefore the company has very little wasted material. Another advantage to injection molding is that the productivity may increase because it saves the company money and time in during mass production. Disadvantages of Injection Molding Even though there are a lot of advantages to injection molding, there are some minor disadvantages as well. The main disadvantage to injection molding is the cost of the machines. A used injection molding machine can cost anywhere between $5000 and $50,000. For a newer machine, it...

FAQs About Injection Mold Design

If you’re interested in injection molding, but you feel as though you need more information on the subject, Design-Tek is here for you. We’ve thought of the most commonly asked questions about injection mold design and have answered them below. FAQs About Injection Mold Design  Q: How do I know if injection molding is the right process for my product? A: The geometry of the part, the amount of parts needed, your tooling budget, and the application the part is being used for will all influence your decision to injection mold design. Q: How much does an injection molded part cost? A: Typically an injection molded part can cost anywhere from a fraction of a cent to a few dollars. The cost of an injection molded part is dependent on many factors such as size and complexity of the part which will affect production rates, the plastic resin being molded, the number of cavities in the mold just to name a few. Q: What material should I use for my project? A: Most material is application specific. If you don’t have a material selected for your product, we can help offer some guidance. Often several resins can be sampled but the customer has final approval before proceeding. Q: What is the process of a new project? A: To start, we will evaluate your part design and modify it to be efficiently injection molded. Then, we will build the mold for the part. Lastly, your mold will be put into an injection molding press to make production parts. Q: How long does it take to build an injection mold? A:...

DesignTek takes AmCon 2015

DesignTek Tools and Plastics was thrilled to have attended AmCon Design and Manufacturing Expo 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 27 & 28. We had such a great time meeting all the other vendors and attendees. Check out our recap video...