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6 Frequent-use Terms at Quick-Turn Injection Molding

We worked lots of rapid tooling and quick-turn injection molding jobs for customers all over the world. Sometimes our new customer may be a bit confused at the terms we used during quotation, or project management. We would like to share 6 frequent-use ones for our customer. So that we could have better communication in the coming days.

Rapid Tooling:

Alternative name: proto mold, bridge tooling, quick-turn injection mold.

It’s for molding prototype, low volume production, and on-demand injection molding.

It’s a simplified injection mold, for cost saving and risk reduction, at product development.  


MUD Mold Base

Abbreviation of mater unit die.

It’s a widely use mold base system, for common use to save tooling cost.

Rapid tooling of small components or simple parts, often use MUD mold base. 

DFM Analysis:

Abbreviation of Design for Manufacturing Analysis.

A process of part design review. It’s to avoid potential manufacturing issue of mold making and injection molding, before tooling building start.

It includes the analysis of gate position, parting line, ejection method, tooling structure, draft, wall thickness, and other tooling & molding issues.

Manual Insert

Alternative name: hand-loaded insert, hand load. hand slide, hand pick out.

It’s a simplified tooling component, comparing with sliders or lifters

It’s for undercuts of injection molding part, to de-mold.


Soft Tooling:

It’s named because of its tooling insert material.

In normal, these materials will be aluminum 7075, carbon steel C50#, semi-harden steel P20.

Soft tooling basically is a proto mold, rapid tooling.  


Lead Time

We meant the lead time that in our Tooling quotation.

It’s the lead time from tooling building until T1 samples run.

Including mold design, programming, CNC machining, EDM machining, wire cutting, mold fitting and assembly, mold trial of T0 & T1 samples.

Not including the time of quotation, DFM analysis, 3D model adjustment, at upfront stage.

Not including the time of sample shipment, and sample tuning, at later stage.

It would be a bit confusing for our new customers. We try to clarify the lead time we meant here.

Danke Mold is keen to shorten the lead time for our customers.

We provide free design for manufacturing analysis from the very begging of quotation, high efficiency communication, high quality T1 samples, swift production arrangement. These helps saving cost and lead time for our customers.

Danke Mold keep optimizing our internal process and capacity. We will let you know more in our blog or our company news.

Meanwhile, should you have any manufacturing enquiries at rapid tooling, or custom injection molding parts, email us via info@dankemold.com. We will response in 12 hours.