A: While we would love to give quick, off-the-cuff estimates, considering the complexity of building custom molds and of manufacturing precision plastic parts, we believe it is our responsibility to review and analyze as much information as possible before providing our customers with any estimates. That being said, we make every effort to prepare quotes as quickly as possible.
A: After a contract is awarded, the Design for Manufacturability (DFM) studies have been reviewed, and the mold design has been approved, we usually provide the initial tooling samples in about seven to eight weeks. Once those are inspected and approved, any finishing work on the mold is done, the mold qualification and process validation procedures are performed, and first article samples are produced for final inspection and approval, all of which takes approximately six to seven weeks. Of course, these are only generalized estimates and each project is unique, but this should give you some idea of our mold building lead time.
A: Absolutely. With over 100,000 different types of resins in our database, we definitely can provide some guidance in identifying the best materials for your project. Additionally, if you are familiar with a certain plastic and would like to know if there are any viable alternatives, we can help with that, too.