Save on Tooling Costs and Improve Manufacturability with TTH

A medical device company came to TTH to move a project from prototype to injection mold production.

Take advantage of TTH’s in-depth experience in both design and manufacturing. Whenever you engage TTH about an injection molding project, TTH will review your design to ensure that the part meets your design specifications but is also designed to be best for manufacturing. By getting involved early in the design process, TTH can work with your engineering team to help reduce your overall production costs significantly. TTH can also perform design reviews and offer suggestions on parts that are already in production but have proven difficult to manufacture.

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Recently, manufacturing engineers from a medical device company that create exterior plastic components asked TTH to help them move a project from prototype to injection mold production. The source of their manufacturing problem was that the part’s original design appearance could not be altered, which would have made it very costly and difficult to injection mold. Several undercuts included in the design would have prevented opening and shutting an injection mold and would have required hand-pull slides in order to release the part properly. As a result, they would have been forced to produce the part using more expensive tooling and molding processes.

After the design review, TTH worked with the client’s engineering team to help modify the part design, which included separating the design into different components. By producing the parts separately, each component could be easily injection molded, allowing for lower tooling costs and shorter cycle times while still keeping the same design appearance. Once the components were assembled and painted, the modified part’s design looked exactly like the original one.

By working with our client upfront, we were able to understand their concerns and offer our suggestions for the best manufacturing approach in order to satisfy their design concerns and our manufacturing concerns. This client-supplier relationship allowed us to save each other a lot of time and money while still producing the production part to print.

TTH’s engineering staff has both the tools and the experience to help save time and money on your next production project. Whether it’s a new design or a modification of an existing one, we will work with you to find the most cost-effective way to produce the best quality part.

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