The price of a small single-cavity plastic injection […]
The price of a small single-cavity plastic injection mold is usually between $1,000 and $5,000. The cost of large or complex molds can be as high as $80,000 or more. On average, a typical mold costs $12,000.
At least to some extent, asking about the cost of plastic injection molds is like asking "how much is a car?" Is your mold Pinto or Porsche? Also, don't forget that the price of molds is just the beginning. In order to determine the overall plastic injection cost of any project, you must also consider raw material, operating and maintenance costs later.
The cost of making plastic molds
The decisive factor of mold cost is the combination of part size, complexity, material and expected quantity. For example, if you need 1,000 gaskets per year, we recommend that you use a single cavity mold, which means that one washing machine can be produced per machine cycle. In this case, the price of the mold may be between 1,000-2,000 US dollars.
However, the need for 100,000 Xbox controllers per month is another matter. For this requirement, we will build a 12-cavity hardened "family" mold that will make four fronts, four backs and four button trees in each cycle. Of course, this kind of mold requires payment. You'd better invest 60 to 80,000 USD or more!
These examples are extreme, but they illustrate the expected cost range. Your particular part is probably somewhere in between.
Injection price guidance
As a full-service plastic injection molding company, the price of each job we complete may vary greatly from conception to completion of production molds.
But we know that injection molding price estimation is crucial for any successful project.
Therefore, we have compiled the following price guides to help you budget for the mold. Examples of injection molding costs are classified by type (rapid prototyping, insertion tool, high productivity tool) and difficulty (basic, intermediate, advanced).
Injection material cost
Material selection is another consideration in determining which plastic injection mold cost. For example, any plastic product made of glass fiber filled material will wear out most common molds. Only molds made of hardened tool steel can withstand injection molding of glass fiber filler materials.
Planning the next project
If you have set a target price for the part, please inform the mold manufacturer. They can design the mold accordingly and plan the right number of cavities to reach that price. The more cavities (or parts manufactured in each cycle), the cheaper the price of the parts, and higher yields can be achieved.
Although you don't need to know every detail of the available mold types, it is always a good idea to be prepared. Providing your moldmakers with basic knowledge will help them build the best tools for your project. We recommend that you find a mold manufacturer with production capacity. The production company doesn't want to create a place where the mold is insufficient, because they know it must be used.
Also, if you plan to outsource mold manufacturing, please consider all the factors that make the mold meet the best production standards outlined in this article by the American Mold Manufacturers Association.