Prototype Mould

Prototype mould also called "soft tooling" or "rapid tooling", it can delivery 2-4 weeks, prototype mould is a less expensive option for a successful production process, our advanced machining equipment, in-house molding, and experienced staff are dedicated to our molding production, make your project easier, faster and more economical.


Prototype Mould

Prototype Mould

Advantages and Limitation of Prototype Mould

1.Speed up the concept: Our mould manufacturing process is greatly accelerated and the parts produced in a shorter amount of time, usually between 2-4 weeks. It would also be 15%-35% and 5-10 times faster to polish than steel molds depending on the complexity of the cavities, that's a very effective solution to increase speed.


2.Limit the concept risk: Our prototype mould is made of aluminum or soft metal alloy, the concept risk is greatly lowered. This material is indeed easier to processing and the mould will not include all the functionalities of the first series. This makes it simpler and easier to make adjustments and modifications on tool if necessary, its flexibility is a great advantage.


3.Reduce financial risk: Although plastic injection molding is expensive, going for a prototype mould to produce your parts will limit the initial investment. It will indeed allow for the production of several thousand parts in a short period of time. The mould remains your property because you can use the tool to produce small series of plastic parts.


4.Benefit from series parts:  Overmolding injection molding and insert molding are also possible with our prototype mould. The parts made from the mold will be equivalent to series parts. Complex shapes and accurate tolerance, wide choice of materials and good finishing.


5.Limitation: Prototype mould has a short life, because of this, it is primarily used for the production of prototype parts, or for low volume production.


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What Material are Normally Used for Prototype Mould?

Aluminum 7075


Aluminum 7075 is the best choice for low volume production requirement and simple geometry product, such as 1~10k pieces. By using AL-7075, the machining of Aluminum 7075 tool can be much faster because this material is softer and has better machinability, the machining cost will be reduced accordingly. Generally speaking, Al-7075 is the best tooling material because it is fastest and the most affordable way.

P20


We also use P20 material for prototype mould,one of the most widely-used tooling steels. P20 can works for different surface finishes and part geometry and great majority of product's dimension. Depending on molding resin and tooling structure, our mould life can be up to 200K.



S136H and NAK80


Normally we use S136H and NAK80 for high glossy product. The normal is about HRC35~38, the tooling life can be up to 500k because of its higher hardness.


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