BECAUSE OUR VOLUMES OF PLASTIC PARTS IS REALLY LOW AT THE START OIF A NEW PRODUCT WE FIND IT DIFFICULT TO FIND FLEXIBLE YET COST EFECTIVE MAYS TO MAKE QUANTITIES OF PLASTIC PARTS. WE WOULD PREFER TO HAVE THEM INJECTION MOLDED AND WE HAVE USED CAST POLYURETHANE IN SILICONE RUBBER MOLDS BUT THESE PARTS ARE NOT VERY "GOOD LOOKING".

 

WE HAVE ALSO EXPLORED DIGITAL MANUFACTURING AND FOUND THAT TO BE TOO EXPENSIVE AND THESE TECHNIQUES USUALLY INVOLVE MULTIPLE COPIES OF A PART DESIGN MADE ON MULIPLE SLA TYPE MACHINES (REDEYE AND QUICKPARTS INTERNET SOURCES).

 

A LOT OF ARTICLES HAVE BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT USING ALUMINUM MOLDS MADE BY HIGH SPEED MACHINING TECHNIQUES BUT THE COST SAVINGS OVER P20 STEEL MOLDS IS NEGLIGIBLE AT BEST AND STILL TOO EXOPENSIVE.

 

DOES ANYONE OUT THERE HAVE SOME IDEAS WE COULD PURSUE?

 

IT USUALLY TAKES US A YEAR OR 2 TO JUSTIFY TYPICAL INJECTION MOLD TOOLING SINCE WE ARE NOT SURE OF THE MARKET UNTIL WE CAN PROVIDE MANY SAMPLES FOR CUSTOMERS TO TOUCH AND FEEL.

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