A Spectrum of Molding Processes to Meet Your Design and Cost Targets

Finding the optimum process to satisfy your design and cost targets is where MFG comes on strong in delivering value.

As a composites specialist, we have the know-how and molding technologies to meet most targets. This enables us to guide you to the most efficient manufacturing approach and provide seamless transition through your project’s different lifecycle stages.

Here’s what we need to know to help you:

  • Production volume over time
  • Product size/shape/surface finish
  • Mechanical properties
  • Cost target

If you are undecided which process is best for your application, the Fast Facts Chart below can steer you in the right direction.

Fast Facts on Molding Processes

Mold TypeProcessMold CostMold LifeTypical Annual VolumeTypical Cycle Time
PlasticOpen Molding
(Hand Lay-up & Spray-up)
101,000500-2,5004–8 hours
Vacuum Infusion Processing
(Also called VIP, RTM Light, LRTM, Resin Infusion, VARTM, SCRIMP)
112,0005004-8 hours
Resin Transfer Molding (RTM)151,0005k1-3 hours
Metal Matched DieSMC and BMC100250,00010k-75k2-6 minutes
LCM Process with Preform Reinforcement: MFG PRIME™100250,00010k-75k2-6 minutes
Direct Long Fiber Thermoplastic Molding (D-LFT)10250,00010k-75k2-6 minutes
OtherThermoset DCPD RIM (Reaction Injection Molding), Reinforced Reaction Injection Molding (RRIM), Structural Reaction Injection Molding (SRIM)40100,0002.5k-15k2-12 minutes