A prototype mold is meant to be a little different from the actual production mold. This takes lesser time to make and is usually used for a comparatively shorter term. They are very useful and are made by many companies to make sure they can test the product easily and perfectly. They need not make a production mould to check or test it. That is a waste of time when the prototype can be used in these cases.
The purposes of prototype mold
It is a separate version which is usually made in a comparatively shorter time for testing purposes. There is no need to waste time making the actual mold for testing. It can help to troubleshoot the mold before the actual production is done. These are usually made from lesser expensive materials and hence you need not put too much money on testing. Making a prototype mold before making any other mold can also help you deal with cost issues.
There are several types and categories of the prototype. The most important ones are visual and functional.
The major advantages
When there is a design, there may be problems and they necessarily need not be perfect. Making a prototype will help notice any errors in design at a very early stage.
Molding is not an easy process. It involves a lot of work and can cost quite a lot. Making a proper prototype mold can help you estimate the production cost and also the manufacturing time.
While planning for production, there is no knowledge of what is the machinery that will be required. Making a prototype can help know the machines you may need while producing.
The testing of the prototype can be used to determine many factors like the durability and the fit.
The company can also give the prototype to the client to make sure that is exactly what they wanted and also get the feedback from them.
You can also make sure of how to get the investors for your product.
The disadvantage is that with a lot of methods available, finding one suitable method for making the prototype mold may not be a piece of cake. There is a need to study all the methods before you actually key in the method to make the prototype.
A method to identify the problems that may arise in the actual mold you make makes it easier to get more details about it. It can help you see the aesthetics of the design you are about to make. It helps you better as it reduces a lot of time and money. It is very easy to bring the client into the production. The client can feel more involved and hence will appreciate the service of the manufacturer. The most important point is to listen to the feedback of the user after seeing the prototype mold. Once you are done with the prototype, make sure all the required changes are made in the production mold.