FAQ - Plastic Moulding Design & Models
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about plastic moulding design, CAD data, patents & design briefs. If you have a question that isn't listed, please Contact Us and we'll be happy to help.
FAQ - Plastic Models: SLA, SLS & Machined
Moulding Design FAQ - Answers
Q: I've got an idea for plastic moulding or vacuum forming but no CAD data - can you help me ?
Yes, we can help you to turn your idea into a finished plastic moulding. We can design your product, get working models for you & once you've approved the models, we can make the tooling and samples and then the finished products for you. To get started, you can download our design brief template.
Q: My design for my new invention is confidential - can you quote to make it and still keep my idea safe ?
Absolutely, your plastic moulding design is 100% safe with us. Simply download & complete our confidentiality agreement, we'll countersign & return it. Then you can e-mail or post your design to us, or visit us to discuss your design in further detail.
Q: Should I patent my invention ?
Patents are but one way to protect your ideas & Intellectual Property. Others include copyright, registered designs and trade marks. The New Ideas section of the greatbusiness.gov website is an in-depth source of information.
Q: Can you meet my design brief ?
Our designers are experienced moulding engineers who will create a design that is cost-effective to make and ready for the injection moulding or vacuum forming process. If you prefer, you can work on a one to one basis with our designers to ensure your design brief is met. For either option, download & complete our design brief & confidentiality agreement if needed.
SLA, SLS, Machined Models FAQ - Answers
Q: Can you produce test parts for me to try in my assembly before making the mould tools ?
Yes ! We can create or use your CAD models to make models for you - we can make SLA models which look good and can be painted in your company colours or SLS models which are better for robust working models with snap fits, living hinges etc.
Q: Can I have SLA or SLS models in any material ?
No. For an idea of the range of materials available for SLA models click here. For an idea of the range of materials available for SLS models click here. If you need models in a resin close to the final moulding material, SLA models can be used to make 10-20 vacuum cast models. The best models with properties closest to the finished mouldings are CNC Machined Plastic Models which we can machine for you.
Q: I've got 50 standard plastic cases but need holes added to allow cables to pass through - can you help ?
Yes - holes, apertures or text can be CNC Machined in order to add the features you need on the plastic cases.
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