How to choose the right plastic manufacturing process?
You need to consider the following aspects when choosing a plastic manufacturing process for your product:
Does your product have complex internal features or tight tolerance requirements? Manufacturing options may be limited depending on the complexity of the design of the product or they may require changes to the design to make it suitable for certain methods of manufacturing and make them economical to produce.
Consider what your product will need to stand up to? Several factors determine the ideal material for a given application. It is important to consider functional and aesthetic requirements, as well as cost. Make sure that you have considered the ideal characteristics for your specific application and compare them with the available choices in a given manufacturing process.
What is the total volume of products that you require? High volume manufacturing often has high initial costs for tooling, but the products can be inexpensive on a per-part basis. In contrast, low volume processes may have additional set-up costs on top of tooling costs and the cost per part is higher due to shorter manufacturing cycles depending on which manufacturing process is chosen.
How quickly do you need parts produced? Some processes can create first parts within 24 hours, while tooling and set-up for certain high-volume production processes will take several months to manufacture.