TOOLING FAQ

How long does it take you to produce a mould?

As a general rule of thumb, it takes us five to seven days, from start to finish, to complete a mold. Multiple cavity tools can increase this time by a few days, as in most cases we only have one negative to build from. Regardless of size, this turn time holds true for nearly all projects.

How are your products priced as compared to others?

Depending on the project, we are generally 60-70% lower in price than an Aluminum product. Large ones are even more cost effective for our customers, since a greater percentage of our cost structure comes from labor than material.

What’s on the surface of your mold?

This is part of the beauty of our products. Our surface coat is comprised of the same material that we use to build the final product. It doesn’t chip, peel, or wear thin, which can happen with other surface coats. Scratches or scrapes can be easily sanded down to even them out.

How heavy are your products? Are they solid?

Comparatively speaking, they’re pretty light. As compared to an epoxy or aluminum tool, they are much lighter. Ours are approximately 1/2″ to 5/8″ thick, and the interior cavity (in the case of a male tool) is braced in an eggcrate style with furniture grade plywood.

How well does your product hold up?

We are probably a bit biased, but are more than happy to provide references of customers who have been using our tproducts for years — some of them more than a decade. Every application is different, as is the usage of every mold we produce. Frequency of use, cycle times, and part formation all stress a tool in different ways. That said, we tell a story of a customer in Pennsylvania who commissioned a fairly massive tool, at more than 10′ in length. A follow-up call after they had been running parts for a while showed us that they were indeed happy. As it turns out, they had been hanging the mold upside down, and when a clamp slipped it fell five feet — at which point it was rapidly stopped by the concrete floor. Upon turning it over, they were pleasantly surprised that the only damage was a minor chip to the route ledge which was easily fixed. Do our products hold up? We like to think so.

Do your tools shrink?

Unlike Aluminum, Epoxy, Urethane, and other materials, our tooling exhibits a nominal amount of shrink.

What type of sheet can we run on your products?

The bulk of our tooling has in the past been made for ABS. In recent years, we have seen more and more of a shift towards TPO. That said, we have made tooling for usage with HIPS, HPDE, and many others. If you’re not sure, just ask and we can figure out a way to accommodate.

What Happens if I already purchased one of your competitors tools and its not holding up so well?

Due to the fact that our process has virtually no shrink, we are able to create negatives from existing tooling. If your existing tooling is getting worn out, is not holding up to the demands of production, or you require additional cavities, we can help you out.

Can you service long distance customers?

We have numerous long distance customers. We take the same care and attention to detail we use to build our tools, as we do with packing them.

TOOLING FAQ October 25, 2017

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