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What information do I need to provide to CIM to receive a timely project quotation?
Precise and thorough information is essential to produce an accurate mold project quote. The following information and data should be provided:
( items marked with * are required information)
- Part/Project Name *
- Part Size (l x w x d) *
- Press Size *
- Estimated No. Cavities *
- Crush Fill Reqd. *
- Part Wall Thickness *
- Material *
- Venting Requirements *
- Teflon Required *
- Logo(s) Required *
- Electronic Part File (preferred)
- Material Shrinkage Rate
- Part Drawing
- Estimated # Fillguns
- Estimated # Ejectors
- Part Numbers Required
- Any Small Radii Reqd.
- Any Knife Edges Reqd.
- Any Backdraft Present
- Any Unusual Parting Line
What CAD data formats can you work with?
CIM produces all projects utilizing SolidWorks CAD software. Therefore, our recommended and preferred data format is a native SolidWorks part file. (SLDPRT file extension)
CIM can utilize a variety of additional file formats, but will lose critical design and construction features in the translation (example – fillets, hole info, surface info, etc.) which may affect our ability to use the data efficiently.
Some other formats include:
What is the biggest factor that causes delays in a mold project?
Missing or poor information is the single largest cause of mold project delays. Good accurate information available up front is absolutely necessary to ensure a timely project completion.
What are the milestones in a typical mold build project?
Mold build project milestones are:
- customer release of order/purchase order
- request for down payment
- receipt of down payment
- release for design
- customer design approval [/threecol_one]
- release for production
- CNC programming
- CNC machining
- casting (if reqd.)
- casting machining (if reqd.) [/threecol_one]
- Teflon coating (if reqd.)
- final assembly
- final QA inspection
- and project shipment [/threecol_one_last]