Dip-Molded Parts Prototype Development
KEP creates product solutions with creativity and confidentiality.
KEP prototype innovation gives customers results while we protect your intellectual property rights. Here’s how our process works.
Stage 1 – Consultation
Whether you have a vague idea or a drawing on paper, schedule a consultation with our sales team. Come prepared to answer questions like:
- What does your part need to do?
- What conditions and environment does it need to function in?
- Are there any limitations to its shape and size?
- We use your answers to these questions and more – coupled with our knowledge of materials and dip-molding processes – to develop a workable prototype plan, which includes identifying our starting point.
Stage 2 – Prototype Process
Using the information we learn from Stage 1, we work with you to put together a drawing of your product that includes part dimensions. We then use this diagram to help you design the right tool (also known as mandrel or form) that forms the shape of your part.
We include extra length in our tooling designs so that we can affix the tool securely to our dipping equipment. Our tools are typically made of stainless steel, aluminum or polypropylene. We base that decision on your size, shape, weight and durability requirements.
Stage 3 – Pricing and Lead Times
Prototypes generally cost $1,000 plus all tooling charges. Tooling is a one-time fee and something we source from outside vendors. You can certainly provide your own tooling or use your vendors to avoid the tooling charges. Tooling costs are unique to every design, and we provide them for your approval. Tooling lead times are typically three to four weeks. Prototypes are an additional one to two weeks. The number of prototypes/samples that we provide for $1,000 depends on the number of tools purchased and the complexity of the part.