Tooling Cost

Tooling costs are dependent on part complexity/geometry, part size, mold complexity, class and cavitation, materials of construction, cavity and core finish, material to be molded, etc. and must therefore be estimated on a case by case basis. Mold costs can range from several thousand dollars for a small prototype or limited-production tool to $50-100,000 for a large mold with P-20 steel cavities and cores to $500,000 or much more for a hardened or semi-hardened mold with critical finishes to mold very large lens-quality parts for aircraft canopies. The short version is that, again, tooling costs must be estimated on a case by case basis.