Test molding is highly recommended method when transitioning from prototype to mass production. A test mold differs from a manufacturing mold because it is made out of a hard plastic or 3D printed material (or other if required) for the use in casting a prototype or a small number of parts. Unlike the metal mold, the test mold cannot be reused many times and is therefore discarded after a few production cycles. A test mold is only a fraction of the cost of a metal manufacturing mold but saves huge amounts of project cost should the design need further refining after the prototyping & testing phase. For this reason a test mold is only relevant for further prototyping & testing and low volume runs.
The benefits of test molding are…
It is less costly
If you placed an order for the manufacturing metal mold then later realize that your design has flaws, it will be very costly to rework the mold. Reworking a faulty mold is sometimes almost as expensive as the mold itself. Making a test mold is only 10-20% of the cost of a mass production metal mold. By purchasing a test mold prior to manufacturing, you guarantee that your parts are fully functional before making the manufacturing metal mold. Further, it saves you the incredible potential losses you could incur if your order for mass production results in a flawed product. For this reason, test molding is highly recommended and rarely does J – CAD Inc. make a mass production mold without first creating a test mold and getting 100% approval on the test products from the client.
It allows you to test your products functionality
Your idea could work well theoretically but could contain numerous flaws in real life. Designing a prototype and testing it allows you to realize any design flaws and optimize the functionality of you product. Doing this before you order your manufacturing mold and mass production is extremely important.
It enables you to test the performance of several materials
Through test molding and prototyping you are able to test the performance of numerous materials to find out which one works best with your design. With test molding we can cost effectively manufacture many prototypes in different materials. When testing the materials we can work with you and help choose the best one suited to your product keeping in mind a cost effective material that does not hinder your products performance.
It gives you confidence in your product
When you produce a prototype using a test mold and it performs to your expectations, you can be sure the rest of the products will be the exact same that are produced through mass production means. This gives you confidence in your product’s functionality and mass production order.
It is therefore highly recommended that you use a test mold prior to the manufacture of the metal mold that will be used for mass production.