Typical Project Timeline

The following table illustrates the different stages of a typical project and
the approximate time each stage generally takes.

Typical Project Timeline
Stage
Details
1. Product Design (2-3 weeks)
  • Physical dimensions, shape, features, clips
  • Material selection
  • Critical features
2. Tool Design (1 week)
  • Number of cavities – volume & unit cost driven
  • Tool size to suit machines
  • Special features – ie hot nozzle
3. Tool Manufacture (3-9 weeks)
4. Tool Testing & Product Trialing
(1 week)
  • Mouldability assessed
  • Tool size to suit machines
  • Shape and surface finish
  • Fit to other parts
  • Physical performance (strength, brittleness, etc)
  • Customer approval
5. Production (2-3 weeks)
  • Typical lead time