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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:

  • DWG
  • DXF
  • Parasolid 


  • IGES
  • STEP
  • Catia/li>


  • ProE
  • Inventor
  • SolidEdge




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]


  • pre-assembly
  • Teflon coating (if reqd.)
  • final assembly
  • final QA inspection
  • and project shipment [/threecol_one_last]