- With plastics manufacturing, you need to first invest in and develop steel molds, which will be used to form the plastic parts – your plastic toy unit costs will be low, but your initial steel molds can be expensive
- If we send them a CAD file (a 3D file typically created by an industrial engineer), they can quote us the cost for the steel molds in about a week (I didn’t know what CAD files were prior to today …). The complexity of the mold will determine the cost of the mold.
- After quotes are approved, it takes about 10 weeks to produce the mold. Their molds are manufactured in Korea by a family owned business. Molding costs for 1 piece will probably range between $8,000-$12,000. Wow. After molds are made, there is a process of ‘de-bugging’ (Errr, I don’t remember what de-bugging means).
So, …. I also made a point to find a 3D industrial toy designer. After some research, I figured out I could find this kind of talent on this site called Coroflot. I have used various sites for finding different types of talent. I don’t like Coroflot for finding illustrators. But, it seems like the spot for finding industrial designers.
Found, spoke to, and hopefully will start working with a 3D toy designer in San Francisco by the name of “CB”. Spoke to a second designer who is local – but he was not coming from a background in toy development – which I think is important with toy safety concerns. Next step, we’ll move onto signing an NDA, a short contract, and the development of CAD files.