Design for Manufacturability (DFM), or a more specific analysis of a part design for its suitability to being injection molded, is performed to achieve the following
PRO MOULD performs a manufacturability analysis on each injection molding project. Upon receiving a quote request and an appropriate 3D design file, we will perform an initial analysis to be sure that the requested component is an appropriate candidate for injection molding. Our objective is to produce the component as closely as possible to the original design intent, however in some instances, modifications are needed to accommodate the fundamental requirements of good injection molding practice. In these cases, we will discuss with the client suggested improvements to the design or measures we may need to take in the production process, prior to initiating the mold production process. This provides our customers with cost savings by minimizing tooling costs and design changes upfront and reduces overall project time.
Our online design guidelines for injection molding can be downloaded below. Should our clients have questions on current or future projects they are encouraged to contact our sales engineers to review specific questions, or to log in to one of our regular webinars.
Designing For Moldability & Manufacturability
The difference between moldability and manufacturability may seem subtle, but the reality is that understanding it better can have an impact on your part development.
Moldability refers to how well the mold of your part will conform to being injected with molten plastic. Once your mold has been created from your design, a good injection molding process needs to account for how well plastic can fill that mold cavity. From material selection to mold complexity, there are many factors that will determine whether the part you designed is capable of accepting this process. Certain features in your part design like undercuts and threading can be tricky to mold correctly and consistently. These can cause problems like knit lines, warp and flash.
At Pro Mould, we do Mould flow analysis specifically to minimize or remove these concerns entirely. If your design is truly moldable, we will be able to mold it consistently and accurately.
What is Manufacturability?
Manufacturability refers to whether or not the mold itself can actually be created based on the geometry of your part. The complexity of your design can cause some real headaches for injection molding manufacturers. As a result, you will be told that your design is not manufacturable and you’ll be asked to remove features to make it manufacturable…for them. After all, how would you know if it really was or wasn’t?
If you’ve ever experienced this, the only way to know for sure is to get a second opinion. Contact us and you’ll receive an interactive quote and a free manufacturability analysis within hours. By thinking outside the box, our experienced sales engineers will review your file and figure out the best, most cost-effective way to manufacture it.
Our Advanced Mold Making system ensures that if it can be injection molded, we can mold it…within 1 to 15 days.
If you’ve been no-quoted, forced to change your design or want to make sure your design can truly be manufactured, talk to our sales engineer directly and get a definitive answer.
• Internal and External Threads? No problem.
• Undercuts or Side Actions? As many as you need.
• Tight Tolerances? Easy.
• Overmolding? Simple.
• Insert Molding? Nothing to it.