Bridge tooling, soft tooling, pilot production, semi-production, market testing, gap testing, etc. Called by any name it still is pre-production quantities for plastic products with volumes that may need millions of parts.
Keep in mind, that all customers needs are different, and Phoenix Proto has the experience to accommodate. A 1,000,000 product life expectancy can be achieved with Aluminum cavities. Often for higher quantities using bridge tooling is far more cost effective than a Steel Alloy due to faster builds and cycle times therefore reducing the mold and piece price. So a plastic part that normally would be built in a Steel Alloy can be had at a greatly reduced cost of the same or superior quality when Aluminum is used as a bridge tool. One major OEM just did a recent study proving Aluminum Tooling value and durability in production
. In one instance we were able to take a doomed project made out of Steel and turn it into a success using bridge tooling
. We were able to produce 800,000 parts off of this bridge tool, that amount by some standards is definitely production quantity. This tool saved our customer over $100,000, learn more about Aluminum Tooling savings
from this case study.