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Injection Molding: Know about Short-run Molding

Released on Jan. 24, 2022

Plastic Injection Mold Designing


What's the best way to make sure that your injection molding is cost-effective, efficient, and consistent? Short-run molding! This specialized process involves using molds made from less expensive aluminum or steel. You can expect many of the same benefits of injection molding when producing small runs without sacrificing quality or performance; it's an easy choice if you're looking for value on a budget and need fewer than 10,000 units.


An intro to injection molding

Injection molding is a manufacturing technique that has been around for decades and it still remains the most popular method of producing plastic products today. In terms of accuracy, efficiency, or cost – no other process is as versatile or cost-effective. Even as you're reading this, you're likely surrounded by products created via plastic injection molding.

Plastics are among the most inexpensive materials out there. They're also durable, pliable, and versatile enough that you can produce millions of parts with just one injection mold! And because plastic has such high yield rates for producing consistent products – usually under 1% rejection rate- this process is ideal if consistency matters to your brand or project.

With today's technology, it's never been easier to create quality, durable products in such a short amount of time. To learn more about injection molding, check out our introductory blog here.


It's in the mold

The injection molding process is complex, and each product requires a different type of mold. Generally, molds used for high volume production are made from hardened steel, a tough and durable material perfectly suited for the pressure and temperature extremes involved in injection molding. Just one of these molds can be used to create hundreds of millions of parts over its lifetime. Because of this, the mold is usually the most expensive part of your production run. But what if you don't need millions or even hundreds of thousands of parts? What if you need 10,000 or fewer?


Short-run plastic injection molding

While 10,000 may seem like a lot, in the world of injection molding it's actually fairly limited. If your project requires fewer than 10,000 parts, short-run injection molding could be a perfect solution.


Benefits of short-run injection molding

Time to market – Sometimes it pays to get your product out as quickly as possible. A short run can help to ensure you reach your customers before a competitor.

Accessibility – The production capabilities of injection molding offer huge advantages to companies that can afford it. Short runs make these benefits accessible to small and medium-sized businesses.

Iteration – A short run can be an invaluable step between prototype and mass production. Used as a sort of test run, short runs can help a product develop as it begins to turn a profit, and give you the opportunity to make changes to your product while it is still relatively easy.


Injection molding with Hebei Fine Art Co., Ltd.

If you've got manufacturing needs but aren't sure how to proceed, Hebei Fine Art Co., Ltd. can help. It is our experience that many protocolists do not take the time to talk to startups, but we are willing to focus on helping startups succeed by providing manufacturing designs for entrepreneurs to prototype new products with short-term flexibility and low installation costs. We mainly use professional design software for mold development and design. For example, CATIA V5 is a high-end CAD/CAE software for personal computers developed by IBM/Dassault System. Its core cavity design and mold design modules are designed for injection molds, which are powerful and easy to use. Mold production we use in line with the international standards and customer requirements of the material, processing machinery and equipment advanced, high processing accuracy. Whether it's a short run or full scale, we make sure you get the right process for your product. With decades of experience and cutting-edge technical design, Hebei Fine Art Co., Ltd. is a trusted leader in plastic injection molding. If injection molding sounds right for you, drop us a line; we can answer all your questions and help set you up on the path to success.