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Designing for end-user requirements

Designing for injection moulding is one of the most crucial stages of the whole injection project, and while you’re in the process of designing, you can easily lose focus on the end-user requirements. This stage is so important because if your specification is incomplete incorrect, the product or component may not be suitable for the desired application.

 

What’s an end user-requirement?

 

The end-user requirement is referred to as the main function, aesthetic and characteristics required by the intended end-user, meaning that you need a specification that is fit to purpose, whether the part will need to bear certain temperatures and humidity, it is good to consider the conditions applied during the injection moulding assembly.

 

Aesthetics requirements

 

Whilst analysing the end-user requirements for injection moulding, you should consider the aesthetic requirements. These can include surface finishing and the dimensional requirements such as critical dimensions and flatness, all with realistic tolerances.

 

Additional injection moulding considerations

 

You should consider how long the life span of the product is and if the product needs to be recycled. Whilst you should consider these key factors, you should also view the legal requirements. This can include food contact, flammability and any dimensional standards. Bearing those in mind it’s important to also consider the cost implications when injection moulding. The maximum cost for product or component also needs to be viable and within your budget.

 

Our specialist injection moulding team can provide you with the advice and direction needed for designing for end-user requirements. We can help guide you through the process and help maximise your project and minimalize the cost. When our team work with clients during the injection moulding design phase, we consider these and many more aspects to ensure the delivery of a fully considered product.

 

For more information on product and design guidelines, click the link to see our Design Guidelines section.

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