Top 10 Reasons to Build Bridge Tooling

At the beginning of a plastic injection molding program, investing in bridge tooling (e.g., family molds) to bridge the gap between R&D/prototypes and multi-cavity production tools can be a good, cost-effective approach to take. Here are 10 reasons why.

1. It’s LESS EXPENSIVE to build fewer, low-volume molds, than it is to fabricate more, multi-cavity, high-volume tools.

Fewer Molds πŸ‘‰πŸ» Less Labor + Fewer Materials πŸ‘‰πŸ» Lower Initial Investment

2. Bridge tools give you the ability to PRODUCE PARTS AT SCALE, which is cost prohibitive for methods like 3D printing.

Generally speaking, injection molding is faster ⏩ and

cheaper πŸ’° than additive manufacturing

3. It’s USUALLY QUICKER to get bridge tools built and validated, so you can get to market sooner.

Fewer molds to build + Lower complexity tooling = Shorter build time

4. Selling your product sooner means having the ability to test the market and to start garnering MARKET SHARE and demand.

Start selling πŸͺ and marketing πŸ“£ your product!

Find out what works πŸ‘πŸ» and what doesn’t πŸ‘ŽπŸ»!

5. Sales results in WORKING CAPITAL, which will help fund the fabrication of multiple cavity, high-volume molds later.

Sales = πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²

6. Selling product will provide you with valuable MARKET FEEDBACK on functionality, issues, pricing, etc.

Your customers will tell you what they like, don’t like, and want!


7. Actually molding parts will uncover areas of improvement in PART DESIGN, TOOLING AND MANUFACTURING.

Your molder can identify πŸ”¬ part and mold design changes πŸ› οΈ

to optimize part quality βš™οΈ and the manufacturing process 🏭

8. Insights gleaned from the market and from suppliers can be used to REVISE AND IMPROVE your product.

Designers πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ¨, engineers πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» and mold builders πŸ‘¨β€πŸ”§ can collaborate

to improve πŸ“ˆ the parts, processes and program

9. You can continue SELLING PRODUCT while designing, building and testing the multi-cavity, high-volume tools.

Generate revenue πŸ’΅ and market the product πŸ“’

while molds are being built πŸ‘©β€πŸ­ and validated πŸ…

10. Once built and in production, using multi-cavity tools should result in INCREASED PROGRAM PROFITABILITY.

Multiple cavity molds ➑️ Shorter manufacturing time ➑️ Lower part prices ➑️ Higher margins πŸ˜ƒ


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