As OEMs push engineers to maximize function and minimize size, engineering teams quickly learned micro molding and micron-level tolerances aren’t as simple as “make it smaller.” Yes, you can shrink a design in Solidworks, but manufacturing it? This is where pro designers rely on micro mold design outsourcing. As micro molders, we’ve seen a huge increase in this area.
Plastic behaves in surprising ways when micron tolerances are a top concern. Parting lines and gate placement, often an afterthought, become the focus of design discussions. In the past, expert micro molders like us used to refuse designs that weren’t considered “moldable.” But as designs become more complex to solve challenging problems, we’ve noticed companies turning to us for more than just manufacturability feedback but also for design expertise.