Remember when your plastic injection mold delivery date was 2 or 3 months out? And the molding product date was even further out? My how things have changed!
These days about the only way to get good molding work is to promise a very short delivery date and then actually deliver. On top of that, the quality and price must be extreme as well.
This requires the best of almost everything, all at the same time. 5 axis machining, hard milling, CNC EDM with robotics, WEDM’s running 24/7, a flawless mold design, great surface finishes done with little polishing, and so on. Presto! There you go, you are in the dough!
Randy Hough writes about plastic injection molding.