In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basic factors that will be discussed while clients and custom injection molders work together to produce a price quote. This process involves the client discussing their needs and budget with the molder, who will evaluate the materials and processes required and return to the client with a detailed price quote and estimate.
At EnviroTech Custom Injection Molders, we’re proud to walk you through the quote process for any of our custom injection molding products, from details on our engineering resins to bulk injection molds and many others. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll look into a few of the additional areas to discuss with your injection molding professional to ensure a properly detailed price quote.
One of the simplest factors that plays a role in the price quote: The quantity of materials required. And while this is no different from many other industries, the way it works within injection molding might be a bit unusual if you’ve never been through this process before.
For smaller-quantity jobs or short production runs, we will often recommend different materials than for longer quantities over a long time span. The former area tends to do well with aluminum molds, for instance, while the latter will require hardened stainless steel molds that can stand the test of time. While the cost of the latter is higher, it pays for itself with extreme volume.
Part Size, Complexity and Molding Type
Did you realize that injection molding is just one form of molding out there for manufacturers? There are also processes like compression molding, rotational molding and blow molding – and which is chosen, in some cases, depends on the part size and complexity needed.
For instance, smaller and more complex parts almost always require injection molding to achieve the precision required. Larger parts also do well with injection molding, but also may be compression molded in some cases. Oversized parts are best for rotational molding while various hollow products (think bottles, for instance) are best with blow molding.
Resins or Polymers Needed
Finally, what kinds of resins or polymers will be needed to create the parts you require? This is one particular area where the expertise of our molders comes in to play – we’ll sit down with you and determine your precise needs and goals for the product, then determine which of several resins and polymers might be the best to meet these needs while also providing you strong cost efficiency.
For more on the variables that impact a price quote for a custom injection molded product, or to learn about any of our injection molding products, speak to the staff at EnviroTech Custom Injection Molders today.