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Injection Molding Cost

  • Prototype Tool In Soon As 10 Days
  • Production Tool In As Soon As 3 Weeks
  • 10k Parts in 10 Days
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Injection Molding Cost

Fathom manufactures high-quality injection molded parts through modern methods, incorporating the latest in advanced injection molding technology. Clients from many industries trust Fathom with their injection molding projects requiring high complexity and high precision. Our manufacturing network ensures our customers’ time-sensitive and short production-run-related projects are finished on time.

Common Costs Involved in Injection Molding Projects / /

Injection molding is a manufacturing process used to mass produce plastic parts. During injection molding, molten plastic is injected into a mold using high pressure. Once the plastic has cooled, the part is released from the mold. Injection molding is highly repeatable and allows for identical parts to be produced quickly and in large volumes. There are cost considerations for injection molding, which include mold making, cost of materials and setup.

Mold Cost

Mold or tooling costs account for a large part of the price of injection molding. The mold will be manufactured by CNC machining, electrical discharge machining, or 3D printing. CNC machining is typically used when a stainless steel or aluminum mold with a high level of precision is required. The EDM process is utilized for complex molds that cannot be made using traditional manufacturing methods. 3D printing is a good match for low to mid-volume projects.

Materials Cost

The cost of materials largely depends on the materials chosen and the amount needed. A few of the most common materials used for injection molding include polypropylene, polyethylene and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). All three of these materials are popular due to their durability and affordability.

Setup Cost

The injection molding process from tooling to production is mostly automated. The setup cost includes the time required to make the mold pre-cycle and any additional time to configure the equipment to make the product. For large production runs, any setup fees are amortized as more and more products are made.

Details that can Affect the Cost of Injection Molding / /

In addition to tooling, materials, and setup, the cost of injection molding can be affected by a part’s size, design, and quantity ordered. The cost of your project can be reduced or increased by these factors. Maximize your budget by paying close attention to these three key details.

Part Size

As the size of a part increases, the cost of injection molding may increase, too. The cost increase is attributed to the size limitations of injection molding machines. It is sometimes necessary to produce a larger part in multiple pieces, which means an extra step must be added for assembly. The extra step creates a longer lead time. Larger parts may also require different equipment, tooling, and setup. Lastly, because larger parts need more material to produce, the cost is increased.

Overall Design

The complexity of a part will also impact its cost. Complex parts may require additional tooling when compared to simple parts. Secondary processes may also be needed to add complex features. Costs can be reduced by removing unnecessary features, eliminating undercuts, modifying mold design, and adjusting the size. Simple parts that are free from undercuts are the most affordable to manufacture.

Production Volume

Injection molding is a popular manufacturing method for high-volume production runs. The more units produced, the lower the price per unit. In addition to lower costs per part for higher production runs, injection molding can reduce the cycle time while increasing accuracy and quality.

Injection Molding Services Offered by Fathom / /

Let Fathom help you manufacture high-quality, and cost-effective injection molded parts. Fathom is a single-source global solution ready to support both low- and high-volume jobs. Our team incorporates both additive and advanced technologies, resulting in high-quality parts that will meet your customers’ needs.

Injection Molding is just one of 28 manufacturing processes offered by Fathom.

Additive Manufacturing

  • FDM
  • SLS
  • SLA
  • Polyjet
  • MJF
  • DMLS
  • DLS
  • STEP (Evolve)

CNC Machining

  • CNC (3 & 5 Axis)
  • CNC Lathe
  • Precision Grinding
  • Wire & Sinker EDM

Injection Molding

  • Injection Molding
  • Tooling
  • Compression Molding

Metal Cutting and Forming

  • Thermoforming
  • Sheet Metal Punching
  • Sheet Metal Cutting
  • Metal Forming
  • Laser Cutting
  • Water Jet Cutting
  • Chemical Etching
  • Welding
  • Micro Cutting

Standalone

  • Die Casting
  • Urethane Casting
  • Composite Layups
  • Extrusion
  • Post Processing & Finishing
    • Pad Printing
    • Powder Coating
    • Bead Blasting
    • Surface Grinding
    • Polishing
    • Anodize
    • Powder Coat Passivate
    • Chemfilm
    • Vacuum Metallization
    • Silkscreen
    • Plating
    • Tumbled

Injection Molding Quote Times / /

Use Fathom’s SmartQuote online platform to receive a quote in as fast as 1 hour, usually within 24 hours. Whether you need injection molding or another manufacturing service, Fathom’s injection molding lead times are as follows:

  • Prototype Tool in Soon As 10 Days
  • Production Tool in As Soon As 3 Weeks
  • 10k Parts in 10 Days

Injection Molding Machines Used by Fathom / /

Fathom’s manufacturing facilities are powered by over 530 machines, including mills, lathes, presses, press brakes, turret punches and additive systems. Sixteen of Fathom’s machines are dedicated to injection molding. It is our network of state-of-the-art equipment that allows us to offer our customers a rapid turnaround.

Fathom also offers hybridized services that leverage injection molding. Do you need injection molding as part of a more complex project? Fathom can deliver. A recent case study illustrates how Fathom manufactured 20,000 parts in 27 days using 55+ tools, including injection molding services.:

Case Study //

Real Customers. Real Results.

A customer came to Fathom with a complex project that spanned the technologies and processes of rapid production—and needed it done fast. Fathom delivered.

20,000 Parts // Within 27 Days
55+ Tools to Injection Mold 15,000 Parts First Article in 2 Weeks
15,000

55+ Tools to Injection
Mold 15,000 Parts

First Article in 2 Weeks

3,000+ 3D Printed Parts
3,000

3,000+ 3D
Printed Parts

2,000+ Metal Fabricated Parts
2,000

2,000+ Metal
Fabricated Parts

Hybridized Services Used //

3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing—PolyJet, SLS, MJF.

DFM Analysis + CAD Mods.

CNC Machining. Laser Cutting.

Stamping. Die Cutting. Post-Opp Drilling.

24-hour Turnaround Urethane Casting.

Injection + Compression Molding.

Model Finishing. Insert Assembly.

Advanced Project Management.

Fathom’s Locations for Injection Molding / /

Fathom has 2 US-based locations that offer injection molding, offering nationwide coverage to the entire United States. Fathom’s advanced prototyping and manufacturing services include wire EDM, CNC machining, chemical etching, metal 3D printing, and more. We have provided over 200,000 quotes to leading US companies and are ready to provide you with a quote today.

Locations include:

HEADQUARTERS
1050 Walnut Ridge Drive
Hartland, WI 53029
ISO 9001:2015
AS9100:2016
ITAR

ILLINOIS
1207 Adams Drive
McHenry, IL 60051

Injection Molding Specifications and Tolerances / /

Knowing injection molding specifications and tolerances will ensure that parts fit correctly during assembly. Tolerances and specifications also determine how a part should be shaped to maximize function. Parts with a normal tolerance (+/- 0.005 inches in variation) are less expensive to produce than parts with a tight tolerance (+/- 0.002 inches) or very tight tolerance (+/- 0.001 inches). The optimal tolerance for a part is critical for making a premium part at an affordable price.

TOOL OPTIONS LEAD TIME PART QUANTITY MAXIMUM PARTING LINE MISMATCH MAXIMUM FLASH TOOL TOLERANCES LINEAR DIMENSIONS PART COLOR PART FINISH (COLOR) PART FINISH (TEXTURE)
Rapid Tool (Master Unit Die Base) 1.5-3 Weeks 5,000 Shots 0.010in 0.010in ±0.003 + 0.002in/in Pantone Colors A2 Yes
Prototype Tool (Stand Alone) 2-4 Weeks 5,000-50,000 Shots 0.010in 0.007in ±0.005 + 0.002in/in A2
Production Tool 5-10 Weeks (Depends on Size and Complexity) 250,000 - 1,000,000 Shots (Depending on Class of Tool Selected) 0.005in 0.005in SPI (Commercial) A1

Injection Molding Materials List / /

Selecting the best material for your unique project is important because it can affect the part’s performance. When picking a material, consider the environment in which the part will function and how the part is expected to function. A material’s durability, color, flexibility, strength, and cost are all important. Here are some of the materials offered by Fathom for the injection molding process.

  • Crystalline Plastics
  • Amorphous Plastics
  • Imidized Plastics
  • Polyethylene (PE)
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
  • Polyoxymethylene (POM)
  • Polystyrene (PS)

Advantages of Injection Molding / /

Injection molding is an efficient manufacturing process that has multiple benefits. Injection molding is best known for its ability to produce identical products at a fast production rate. This quick turnaround is facilitated by automation, which also helps to reduce labor costs and overhead. The high pressure used during injection molding makes it possible to add intricate details to a part. A variety of different resins may be combined in injection molding. Fillers may be added to the material to enhance strength.

Injection Molding Finishing Processes / /

After the injection molding process, some parts may require a surface finish. The surface finishing step can add a rough or smooth texture to a part. Industrial, mechanical, or construction parts may require a rough finish. Items such as toys or medical supplies may need a smooth or glossy finish. Below is a list of surface finishes offered by Fathom.

 

SURFACE FINISH GUIDE TYPICAL APPLICATIONS
Standard No Machine Mark Tool Marks Removed Low Cosmetic
SPI-C1 600 Stone Low Polish Parts
SPI-B1 600 Grit Paper Medium Polish Parts
SPI-A2 Grade #6 Diamond High Polish Parts
SPI-A1 Grade #3 Lens or Mirror
IM-1 Light Bead Blast Need 1 Degree Draft Angle
IM-2 Medium Bead Blast Need 1.5 Degree Draft Angle
IM-3 Heavy Bead Blast Need 3 Degree Draft Angle

Examples of Injection Molding Parts / /

Many industries use injection molding, including industrial, commercial, consumer goods, medical, sporting goods and more. Injection molding can be used for small and large parts, even parts weighing over a hundred pounds. Examples of injection molded parts include:

  • Televisions
  • Remote controls
  • Printers
  • Electrical circuit boards
  • Cell phones
  • Toothbrushes
  • Cosmetic packaging
  • Helmets
  • Jewel boxes
  • Padding
  • Syringes
  • Knobs
  • Intake manifolds
  • Beakers
  • Test tubes
  • Medical implants
  • Housing
  • Fixtures
  • Vents

Injection Molding Cost FAQs / /

Q: Does Fathom offer injection molding?

A: Yes, Fathom offers injection molding services.

Q: What is Injection Molding?

A: Injection molding is a manufacturing process commonly used for plastic parts. During injection molding, molten plastic is injected into a two-part mold using high pressure. Once the part has cooled inside the mold, it is ejected. The part may or may not require a secondary finish.

Q: Is Fathom ISO certified?

A: Fathom’s certifications include ISO 9001:2015, ISO 9001:2015 Design, and ISO 13485:2016.

Q: Is Fathom ITAR certified?

A: Yes, Fathom is ITAR certified.

Q: Is Fathom AS9100:2016 certified?

A: Yes, Fathom is AS9100:2016.

Q: Is Fathom NIST 800-171 certified?

A: Yes, Fathom’s certifications include NIST 800-171.

Q: How much does injection molding cost?

A: The cost of injection molding depends on the complexity of the part, part size, tooling cost, equipment setup and configuration, materials used, and more. Contact Fathom today for a quote.

Q: Why are injection molds so expensive?

A: Injection molds have a higher upfront cost because they can be used repeatedly to produce thousands of identical parts.

Q: How do you calculate injection molding costs?

A: The best way to estimate the cost of your injection molding part is to use the SmartQuote platform and receive a quote in as fast as 1 hour.

Q: How long do injection molds last?

A: A high-quality, well-maintained injection mold can last from 100,000 to 1 million cycles.

How to Get Injection Molding Quotes / /

Ready to calculate costs or receive a quote on your Injection Molding project? Get started today. Use Fathom’s SmartQuote application to get a fast quote on any design

Manufacturing Locations Across National Time Zones
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HEADQUARTERS

1050 Walnut Ridge Drive
Hartland, WI 53029
ISO 9001:2015
AS9100:2016
ITAR

ARIZONA

444 W. 21st St. Ste. 101
Tempe, AZ 85282
ISO 9001:2015
NIST800-171 Compliant
ITAR

COLORADO

7770 Washington St.
Denver, CO 80229
ISO 9001:2015
ITAR

MINNESOTA

13758 Johnson Street NE
Ham Lake, MN 55304

TEXAS

1801 Rowe Lane
Pflugerville, TX 78660
ISO 9001:2015
AS9100:2016

1513 Sam Bass Rd
Round Rock, TX 78681
ISO 9001:2015
ISO 13485:2016

CALIFORNIA

620 3rd Street
Oakland, CA 94607
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified
NIST 800-171 Compliant
ITAR

FLORIDA

14000 N.W. 58th Court
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified
ISO 13485:2016


 

NEW YORK

1920 Slaterville Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
ITAR

401 W. Shore Blvd.
Newark, NY 14513
AS9100:2016
ISO 9001:2015
ITAR

ILLINOIS

1207 Adams Drive
McHenry, IL 60051

1401 Brummel Ave
Elk Grove, IL 60007
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified