The advantage and disadvantage of the injection molding of automotive parts
There are several advantages for the injection molding of automotive parts that including:
1. Cost-effectiveness, especially for high-volume production
2. Process repeatability and product consistency
3. Operator and user safety
4. The lightweight alternative to metal components
However, there are also a few disadvantages associated with the process.
For example, it may carry higher upfront costs for tooling, and any redesigns may require additional time and money.
The lead time for an automotive mold
The general definition of “lead time” is the total time from receiving an order to the time that product is completed and delivered to the ordering company. In the mold industry, however, the lead time is defined differently.
For example, for an automotive mold, the lead time is calculated from when the mold drawing is approved by the customer and the first payment is received until the first mold trial, While a typical mold takes 5-6 weeks from start to T1, it can take 7-10 weeks for multi-cavity molding or more complex mold. longer lead time factors may be due to the type of injection systems, such as hot runners, high surface, and high tolerance dimensional requirements.
Besides, purchasing specified components, such as hot runner systems and imported parts, will also need extra time.
What factors affect the price of automotive molds?
1. The size and shape of the automotive product are simple or complex. This determines what kind of corresponding structure the mold has, which is directly related to the mold cost.
2. The appearance of automotive parts, normal request, and high require completely different processing costs.
3. The mold cavity number, one cavity or multi-cavity, will affect the structure and size of the mold.
4. The part’s annual volume or mold life, which determines what kind of steel to use, which affects the mold price directly.