There are many months of work that go into bringing a product from ideation to production. Follow this step-by-step guide to make sure you’re on track to effectively execute the product development process for plastic injection molding.
Brainstorm product idea: look, functionality, material, size, etc.
Competitor study and analysis of product strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT Analysis)
3. Material Selection
Chose the material that best fits your budget and product functionality needs
4. Product Cost Budget
Create a comprehensive budget including all product development factors: design, tooling, packaging, etc.
5. Initial Design Concept/ CAD Design
Work with designer to nail down form & function of your product design
6. Creating Pricing Structure
Determine what you need your final product cost to be (retail, wholesale, & cost to manufacture)
7. Design for Manufacture & Assembly (DFMA)
Design your product for ease of manufacturing and efficiency of assembly
8. Lock Down Production Cost
Select an injection molding factory to work with and determine cost to manufacture
Create a prototype to test product design & functionality prior to full production
10. Select Packaging
Finalize packaging direction: packaging type & design
11. Building Tooling
If prototype was successful, work with tooling company to build a mold for plastic injection molding
12. Product Testing of First Sample
Test your product in real life scenarios, get consumer feedback, etc.
13. Product Revisions
Make necessary changes to improve any problems that may have arose during testing
14. Approve Product for Production
Launch full production of product
Ready to take the next step?
At Tailor Made Products, our core capabilities include:
- Injection molding to 1880 tons
- 2 Shot molding
- Insert molding
- TPE/TPR molding
- In mold decorating
- Component assembly
- Warehousing with JIT delivery
- Engineering and packaging design
- Sonic welding/Heat staking
- CAD design and Tooling
- Quality control management
Request a quote or reach out to learn what we can do for you.