You’d need to visit the facility one or more times throughout the life of the project. China is about 7,000 miles from the U.S, making it a lengthy and costly trip. But at the very least, for a small mold-making project, you’d need to be there for at least the last two weeks of production, for tryouts, sampling, and any tooling adjustments that need to be made. Note that you’ll also have to plan for adjustments taking longer than anticipated. If that happens, would you be able to extend your trip, or make another? If not, you may end up with a mold that doesn’t meet your specifications.So while cost savings can be considerable, all of the above elements need to be in place for you to get a satisfactory mold. If you disregard these elements, you run the risk of selecting a mold that won’t create a good looking plastic part once you begin working with a plastic injection molding service.
It’s important to point out that based mold-making services aren’t de facto better than Chinese mold-making services. As in any industry, there are quality U.S. mold-making services and poor quality ones—the same goes for those in China. When you work with a U.S.-based shop, you’ll encounter less travel and fewer communication problems, but it all depends on the mold-making service you go with.
Regardless of whether you choose a shop in the U.S. or China, you’ll also want to take the following into consideration:
Can the mold-making service meet your quality standards?
Quality mold-making shops source only the highest quality steel for their molds. But unless you specify the grade of steel and the country you want the steel to come from, may use poorer quality materials.
Does the company have tooling expertise, and are they willing to make tooling adjustments along the way?
The plastic injection molding company you select should have experience in the type of mold you’re using, so they can provide insight on how the material will flow in the mold and the different types of surface finish. It’s worth noting that some U.S.-based companies don’t actually build the molds themselves—they work with a broker to purchase them from shops in China or elsewhere. HKY M ould are all made in-house (unless our clients request a mold to be made elsewhere), so we have quality control over tooling and are free to make adjustments during the process. If you work with a mold-making service in China, you will need to take tooling adjustments into account and consider what could happen if those adjustments don’t suit you.
Here at HKY Mould, we specialize in in-house mold making services as well as plastic injection molding services for small- to mid-size companies. We know you’re making some critical decisions right now that’ll affect the quality and efficiency of your future plastic parts, so if you have any questions at all about HKY Mould process for mold-making or injection molding, we’d be happy to help answer them