Tool
Design

Overview

Our depth of technical knowledge enables us to offer the most suitable tooling configuration for your product based on the form of the part, batch quantities expected and material to be processed. The mould tool is usually a one-off start-up cost and our aim is to maximise your tooling investment by manufacturing a high-quality mould, reviewed by our moulding process Technicians, that is suitable for the life of the product.

Tool design is a crucial element in the overall success or failure of a product and is reversed engineered from your approved cad data. We will undertake an evaluation of your product for ease of manufacture and to identify any potential complications or cost savings in the tool configuration. Once the project structure and cost are agreed with you we will produce a tool specification, that is agreed by a moulding process technician with the required information to produce the full tool design.  Once the tool design stage is complete our skilled team of toolmakers will undertake your tool manufacture.

What assistance can we provide?

• Tooling options
• Material guidance
• Optimum configuration for production demand
• Moulding process review by skilled moulding Technician
• Hot Runner systems
• Suitable ejection systems
• Time served tooling engineers

What is the tool design process?

• Tool specification
• Review with moulding process Technician
• Schematic layout
• Schematic review through to approval
• Full 3d cad design (Technical Tooling)
• Detailed 2d general assembly and detail for manufacture

Consideration is given to the type of mould tool that will provide the best return on investment whilst being fit for purpose to meet your requirements. Tools will usually be made from a P20 pre-toughened steel, stainless steel or fully hardened tool steel although soft alloys can be considered for certain applications. For low volume or development, projects part owned Modular Insert Systems to fit a Pentagon universal bolster can be considered, but often the preferred method is fully owned and dedicated mould tooling with a suitable number of impressions to meet production demand.