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Optimized Design for Functionality and Sustainability

Early Design Collaboration is Key for Successful Tool Launches

Stream_PCI_Facility_051Design for manufacture and assembly (DFMA) is a first, and critically important, step in the plastic injection molding process. In fact, research has shown that 80 percent of the cost of a new product hinges on design and manufacturers are ranking design consultation as a top factor in reducing overall manufacturing costs. Making sure the right design decisions are made early in the product development process can have a substantial impact on the total product cost.

The sharp line that was once drawn between development and production is now blurred with product manufacturers leaning on injection molding design experts to become involved in the process much earlier than ever before.              

PCI embraces a four-pronged approach to production launch:

  • Design for manufacturability / toolability
  • Design for functionality
  • Design for assemby 
  • Design for sustainability                           

Stream_PCI_Facility_036Designing a plastic part for manufacturability involves important factors that touch on areas of part design, tooling, material selection and production. When plastic part designers take a collaborative approach to involve mold makers early in the design process, many benefits can be realized.

The result of working with a plastic injection molder early in the part design process includes efficiencies in a number of areas:

  • Faster time to market
  • Cost savings
  • Design, production insights, historical data and intellectual property is maintained from one step to the next
We strive to show our customers the value that could be missed if design, prototype and production are treated as separate processes - rather than integrated into one manufacturing chain.  


Do you need prototype design assistance or design validation before hitting the market?

Creating a prototype is a small step that can save substantial time and expense later.

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