When engineers are designing new models of mass produced parts, you want to know if your new design will function as it should in the assembled product. One way to verify your new part design is with a Prototype mold.
A Prototype mold can be constructed for less money than a full size standard mold to verify the functionality of the desired part. Prototype molds are typically constructed with a less expensive material such as aluminum, non-hardened steel or P20, and usually contain just one cavity rather than multiple cavities, as only one part is needed to verify dimensions and part function.
This is advantageous in many industries such as the Automotive industry, where new model year automobiles combine new parts with current parts on the same vehicle. In some designs, not all parts are updated or replaced yet all parts in any particular assembly must function perfectly together. A Prototype tool will give you the flexibility to test out and alter if need be, a newly designed part that will function to your specifications.
Advantages of Prototype Molds
Since Prototype tools are constructed with less expensive, and less sturdy steel, it can only be used to produce short lots for testing purposes. The material would not hold up for any large or standard production runs.
This can still be a very worthwhile investment, however, especially if you are uncertain as to how the dimensions on one part will fit with your application, or if you just want to test it out prior to building the production mold. Since the Prototype tools is quite economical, it could be advantageous to start here if you have any questions about a new project.
Michiana Global Mold has the resources, the experience and the experts on staff to build your Prototype tool to your specifications, allowing you to test your products prior to investing in standard mold bases.
Michiana Global Mold has vast experience helping engineers and designers achieve their geometrical and dimensional goals with design assistance and Prototype Mold Construction. Contact Michiana Global Mold today to see how we can assist you with your project development goals.