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Before you place your first order to a new mold supplier in China, you need to be very careful for the choice you make, which Chinese manufacturer you should go? There are terrible stories, consequence of wrong choices made, that I heard more than once from my friends from west. As a local Chinese mold maker, I would like to share some guidelines with you.
There will be always a little unpredictable when you are trying to do business with Chinese companies thousand miles away, especially the people you deal have so much differences in culture. But I would say if you look careful with an open mind, you will find the most suitable China mold manufacture partners like Aco Mold, and it will help you to achieved your goals: competitive pricing and qualified molds.
Injection molded part cost include the cost of part design and mold making, injection molding, as well as engineering , working with a injection molder as a strategic partner can massively reduce total cost of molded parts, it would be a good choice to work with a molder who have in-house mold building capability. Actually, it is very common to see that a molder is mold maker as well in China.
The more information of your requirement you provide to your mold supplier, the bigger chance they are able to come up with the economic solutions.
Most of the professional mold buyers would specify the mold structure design, as well as the mold steel used, mold steel is one of the most critical factors to affect the mold quality, proper steel selection is the guarantee that the mold would run as long as expectancy.
High quality mold steel can withstand hundreds of thousands injection pressure without being deformed or broken, the price of the high quality is usually 4-5 times of the normal steel. What steel to be used, it depends on how many shots are required and expected from the mold, the principle is suitable is the best.
I have outsourced plastic injection molding tooling built in China for years, the best source I have found is "Aco Mold" located in Shenzhen China. They have 2 manufacturing facilities in China. Go to their web site and you will see they have it all covered. I've spent many hundreds of thousands of dollars for plastic injection mold tooling with them and had great success. Their standard shipping (sea) customs charges and freight to your dock is included in the quote and standard ship time is 30 days, plus most if not all engineering charges are free. Lastly you don't have to deal with the language barrier, you dealing with the engineers with perfect English. Also you have to pay for molded sample shipping, but that is understandable. You can even get video of samplings. One last, all plastic injection molds are built with German tool steel and DME components or their equivalent all easy to get here in the United States.