If you work in the manufacturing, construction, agricultural or engineering industries, your requirements for tools and components (especially their replacements), are likely highly specialised. Where tools and components are specialised, they might be difficult to obtain when you need to have them replaced, and sourcing them from original manufacturers could well be a costly affair. Fortunately injection tool making offers a viable alternative approach that is not only accurate, but also much more affordable.
Making the Replacement
So ordering parts from original manufacturers when they need to be replaced is generally the first option, but you may suffer downtime while waiting for spares to become available, will need to have them delivered and they will also, most likely, come at a hefty cost.
Custom tool making allows you to bypass these challenges by having components of equal quality made with accuracy, and with far less of a price tag attached.
With that out of the way, let’s see how you can go about doing this:
Working from Models & Drawings
One of the simplest and most efficacious ways of creating custom tools is to supply a manufacturer with a digital design. These can be used with CNC machines to create a mould of the part with absolute accuracy, and can also be done efficiently.
Reverse Engineering an Existing Part
Of course, you may not always be able to get your hands on the blueprints of parts or tools, but you can still have them reverse engineered by a firm with the capability to do so. A functional part or tool can be analysed by a professional to reverse engineer a blueprint that can be used to create spares that match the exact OEM specifications of the original.
Hanging on to Injection Moulds
There is a long term benefit to doing this, in that the injection mould for the created part can be held on to and used later when needed. This allows you to save on the cost of creating the injection mould again. It also shortens production time significantly, allowing you to source spare parts at a moment’s notice if the need arises.
Contact Vector Engineering for Details
Looking for custom-made tools, spares and components? Contact a representative from Vector Engineering today to find out more about our offers on injection tool making, or visit our website for details.