In our article, The Complete Guide to Creating Your First Plastic Part, our Murray Plastics team outlined the step-by-step process to turn a simple design idea into a tangible plastic part. In this follow-up article, we’re providing more tips to expedite your journey from a dreamer to an inventor.
1. Choose the Right Partner
There’s a lot to be said for word of mouth recommendation, and considerable power in reputation. Here at Murray Plastics, we’ve been helping customers successfully create and craft their custom plastic injection molds for over 20 years. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that choosing the right manufacturer makes all the difference.
When you are choosing a company to partner with to turn your idea into a real plastic part, look for a brand that’s well-established and makes themselves available to answer your questions. We recommend working with a US based plastic parts manufacturer because the communication process can be more efficent with a similar time zone and language. Lastly, read reviews, publications, and gather recommendations. A good company will boast satisfied customers who are eager to talk about their positive experience.
2. Take Risks
When you partner with the right plastic mold injection company, you should feel comfortable taking risks within the design process. Any great plastic parts manufacturer will have a cumulative wealth of knowledge and will be able to help you shape and refine your design to maximize efficiency and minimize repetition.
When you present your idea to a plastic injection molding company, be sure to come prepared with sketches - but don’t sweat it if art school isn’t in your professional background. Initial part sketches can be simple, as an engineer will be able to help you refine and build out your design concept turning your sketch into a CAD drawing or even a 3D printer prototype. After a bit of trial and error, you will find yourself with a your idea and vision becoming a reality.
3. Be Flexible
Having flexibility, both mentally and creatively, will ensure that the entire process - from first sketch to last prototype - is an experience that is empowering and meets your needs in a cohesive, sustainable way. Sometimes, initial ideas require refinement or tweaking as the process goes along, and having a generous degree of flexibility as you work with the injection molding team is key to having a great experience - both as a customer and a co-creator.
Murray Plastics is proud to offer customers a variety of plastic part design services and we can turn your idea reality.
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