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Reputable Plastic Molding Company Anyone?

Discussion in 'Dropshipping & Wholesale Hookups' started by crsk8andsno56, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. crsk8andsno56

    crsk8andsno56 Senior Member

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    Hey BHW!

    I'm wondering if anyone has a Injection Molding company that they can recommend or have used in the past. This is a small plastic part, about 3 inches long and 1 inch wide and quite a simple design.
    I'm looking for a cheap producer, but one that will have decent quality control, and can communicate well. I'm also not looking to get a TON of units at this point. This will be more a test run for a prototype product I have though of.

    Also do you guys know what program people would typically make prototype designs in? photoshop, illustrator,...?

    Any help in this general area would be great too!

    Thanks BHW
     
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  2. cmapes

    cmapes Newbie

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    I do IT for an injection molding company. PM me and I can give you more info.
     
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  3. GeauxSEO

    GeauxSEO Newbie

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    You probably would want to develop renderings in Solidworks, or Autodesk Inventor, or something of that nature. Maybe some other folks would jump in.

    It is funny that this question has been asked, because I am also on the lookout for a company that can do molding, and also handle polyurethane resin molds for automotive applications.
     
  4. crsk8andsno56

    crsk8andsno56 Senior Member

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    Alright I'll send a PM right now.

    I think I may be looking at vacuum molding instead due to the high initial costs of IM.

    What do you guys think
    ?
     
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    thetvnun Power Member

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    i used to use "tap plastics" in mountain view california. they made some pretty crazy stuff for me - they fabricate right in the shop.
     
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    neo Power Member

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    Solid works and Autodesk inventor are popular softwares.

    There is also Top Solid, CATIA, IDEA etc.
     
  7. crsk8andsno56

    crsk8andsno56 Senior Member

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    This isn't too advanced of a design.
    How big were your orders and what were pricing per unit?

    Are those programs pretty easy to learn? This is a semi-simple design.
    Thanks for the help guys :)
     
  8. crsk8andsno56

    crsk8andsno56 Senior Member

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    Sent out PM's but got no responses :/ Any other suggestions boys n girls?
     
  9. GeauxSEO

    GeauxSEO Newbie

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    You might want to check out ASH Industries. It seems I am unable to PM you the link, or to post it here.

    They are located in Louisiana.

    Hope that helps!
     
  10. crsk8andsno56

    crsk8andsno56 Senior Member

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    Any particular reason that you'd recomend them? There's alot of companies out there but I'd like to hear about the ones that people have worked with and have had good experiences with!
     
  11. GeauxSEO

    GeauxSEO Newbie

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    Although I did not actually go through with the purchase, I did consult with them about possibly manufacturing a supply of polyurethane pieces for use as engine mounts for a specific automotive application. Good folks.

    Either way, GL with your search.
     
  12. cmapes

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    Sorry, I did receive your PM, I just am unable to write back to you because of the 15 post minimum limitation on authoring private messages.

    Because of the quantity of the product you are trying to produce, I suggest you check out any rapid prototyping company. One good suggestion is protomold, you should google them.

    Typically you will want to use rapid prototyping to gauge initial demand for your product or for low quantity production runs (>1000 units). This is because injection molding requires expensive steel tooling to be fabricated to mold the plastic. Until you hit the 3k-10k unit order threshold, it is usually cost prohibitive despite the fact that your parts will cost nearly nothing per unit.

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask :)
     
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