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MANUFACTURING MOLDS - DISASTER!


I wrote a blog post in early August, 2019, when I was so excited to be moving from the prototyping stage to the manufacturing stage.  I didn’t have the heart to say anything more about it until now, because now we've moved passed a devastating disaster.

Our first mold was at one point described to me as an “anchor weight”. The problem was, when we got the test shots, the material wasn’t nearly stretchy enoug, and his mold could not be used with a more elastic material.

I beat myself up, because I had said it over and over again, they need to be very elastic.  YES, I did receive sample material first, but it was in a pre-molded state, and felt kind of like play dough.  What did I know about silicone manufacturing? I decided to trust the experts, who assured me this was the right way to go.

Crushing disappointment and despair is the only way to describe my emotion when I learned this mold couldn’t be used with a more elastic material.  Not to get too technical, but this is a compression mold, and what I needed was an injection mold, so I could use a more elastic silicone.  Moreover, I was informed I should change to my second choice manufacturer. A 100% do-over. Normally I appreciate the opportunity for a do-over, but not here!

I can post this now, as the perspiration expended on this effort is in the past.  In the end, we were able to use some parts of this mold.  It cost me an additional $6,000, the estimated price per piece went up, and most disappointing, it cost an additional two months, which means product wasn’t available for the 2019 holiday and vacation season.

Gem of Wisdom:  Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. – Thomas Edison

Gem of Wisdom:  If you are manufacturing a molded product, VERIFY the material before moving forward with making the mold.


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