What is the cost of mould making?
As we all know, the main cost of mould is including: material and processing. The material is including, such as steel for core, cavity, slider, lifer, cooper, and mould base, ejector pin and hot runner etc. The processing cost, consider, CNC machining, EDM machining and polishing etc. The other could be labor cost and depreciation of machinery etc.
1. Is it have a formula of mould cost.
COST=15-30% mould material + 35-50% processing + 10-15% design + 5-10% other
Pls remember it is just for reference. As different project takes different cost.
2. What is the part structure?
The part structure define how to make the mould. Is it mould complex or not? Is it need to make lifter, insert or slider for mould release. Is it ok to use hydro-cylinder instead of slider? As we know,undercut and unscrewing of the part will make mould complex and difficult to building. It will take much more cost.
4. What is the part feature and require?
Is it corrosively? Such as PVC or POM, it require corrosion resistance steel, like 420S, 1.2083 or S136 etc. Is it plating zinc enough?
Is it high polishing? Is it clear part? What is the annul quantity? It will define the steel section too.
5. What is the mould type?
As we know, cold runner is cheap than hot runner, two plate is cheaper than three plate, production mould is expensive than prototype mould, two shot is expensive than over mould etc.
6. What is the mould maker location, size and special?
The size and location of mould maker offer different price. As the labor cost and company expect profit is different. The mould maker which in first-tier cities, could offer quality mould but much more price.
Many mouldmaker focus on special mould making, like precision mould, such as connector. Other for large mould, like housing wash machine. There are lots of mould maker make normal mould. So if you make special part, just find out mould maker who make mould for special part.