Prototype tooling is a less expensive option to a successful production process. A division of our 87,000 square foot facility — including Siemens Unigraphics design stations, the requisite machining equipment, in-house molding, and staff — is dedicated to our Prototyping Department, for design and production.
This allows us to produce and deliver completed tooling, including very complex molds, within very short lead times ranging from 5 to 20 days. Additionally, we do not enforce a minimum order volume — if you require only one set, we will machine it.
International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) registered, we often perform machine tooling for use in the military and defense industries. We also often work in the appliance, automotive, consumer, child safety, container, and medical industries.
We can machine various types of mold tooling, including completed mold inserts compatible for use with Master Unit Die (MUD)-framed systems. Decatur’s prototype tooling is machined from either standard aluminum or P20 steel molds. We recommend using aluminum molds for the ease and speed with which it can be machined. For higher pressure production environments, we employ steel molds due to its durability.
It is a valuable way to get in person, hands-on inspection of tooling. You can produce limited runs of a part to test both the functionality of the tooling as designed and the precision of the parts it yields.
Production tooling is designed to have a very long lifespan, producing thousands or millions of parts, leading to a low per-part cost. On the other hand, this type of tooling has a short lifespan. Because of this, it is primarily used for the production of prototype parts, or for the live production of parts in low volumes.
To learn more about Decatur Mold and our capabilities, or to work with our dedicated prototyping team, reach out to us today.