There are many tooling options that a client can choose from depending on their requirements regarding budget, moulded part quantity and tooling cost v per mould part price. Jcam discuss beforehand with the client to determine the clients needs and advice on the best tooling options to achieve the requirements.

Common Considerations :

Material - soft (aluminium) or hard tooling (Steel), this is dependant on moulded part quantities required and budget. Soft tooling is the preferred option by most customers for prototype tools.

Common materials used include : P20 Tool Steel 2311/2312, Alumec 89/100 , Stavax, H13 Hardened Steel

Single or multi cavity tooling, if high quantities of moulded parts are required then multi cavity will be most cost efficient in the long term.

Multiple parts can fit on a single tool, not all parts require their own tool and it is worth considering whether several components of the same material can be moulded on a tool. This will make the client significant savings as less tooling will be required.

Bolster Tooling, the manufacture of a bolster tool (a standard sized pocket manufactured in the core/cavity plates) in which standardised inserts with the required part detail are fitted. This is more suited to clients with multiple parts which do not require a high quantity of moulding parts. The savings of this method are on the cost of buying separate full mould tools. The negative is that while there maybe 4 or 5 sets of inserts, only one per bolster can be fitted and ran in the moulding machine at a time

Side cores (mechanical movement), angular ejection and sleeve ejections, while the requirement for any of these options will be part design dependant, it is essential to consider as the requirement  can add a significant portion onto the tooling cost.  

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