How Much Injection Molding Costs

Learn about the various cost elements of injection molding, including mold, and material costs.

The price per part using injection molding can sometimes be as low as a cent. However, optimizing costs is essential, with upfront costs from mold creation starting at around €1,000 and potentially much more.

Learn about the various cost elements of injection molding, including machine, mold, and material costs. We will also provide some tips for lowering overall injection molding costs.

Cost of Injection Molding Machines

The cost of injection molding machines varies significantly (type, size, tonnage, brand, etc.).

Hydraulic Machines are the most common and traditionally the least expensive option, ranging from €15,000 to €50,000 for standard machines.

Electric Machines: Offering precision and energy efficiency, electric machines typically cost between €30,000 and €100,000.

Hybrid Machines: Combining the benefits of hydraulic and electric systems, hybrid machines usually cost €25,000 to €80,000.

Due to the high upfront costs and expertise required, many people opt for on-demand manufacturing services like MakerVerse.

Cost of Injection Molds

Injection molds are a critical component of the injection molding process. The main cost drivers for this fixed cost are complexity and durability.

Simple Molds: A single-cavity mold starts at €1,000 for small, simple parts. Aluminum molds, which are good for hundreds of parts, are cheaper.

Complex or High-Quality Molds: For larger or more intricate parts, molds can start at several thousand euros up to approximately €10,000. Molds made of steel are also considerably more expensive than aluminum but are much more durable and can work for 100,000 parts or more.

When you request an injection molding quote from MakerVerse, the cost of the mold is included in the overall cost of production.

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Injection Molding Material Costs

Cost of Materials

The cost of materials used in injection molding depends on the type, grade, volume, and supplier.

Some of the most common materials include:

  • Polyethylene (PE): Typically costs around €1.50 to €2.50 per kilogram.
  • Polypropylene (PP): Generally priced between €1.20 and €2.20 per kilogram.
  • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS): Usually ranges from €1.80 to €3.00 per kilogram.
  • Material prices often fluctuate, but up-to-date prices can be found here. 

Material selection can significantly impact the overall cost. For instance, a high-performance polymer might cost €5.00 per kilogram or more, whereas a standard thermoplastic is considerably less. Selecting the right material involves balancing cost with the required properties of the final product.

Tips to Lower Injection Molding Costs

1. Design Optimization

Design for manufacturability (DFM) is crucial. Simplifying part designs to reduce material usage or mold complexity can lead to significant cost savings.

For example, reducing wall thickness and incorporating ribs or gussets for strength can lower material costs.

2. Material Selection

Choose cost-effective materials that don’t compromise on quality.  

Our engineering experts are happy to consult you on the best-fitting material for your project to ensure the price and performance you need.

3. Working with Experienced Suppliers

Collaborate with knowledgeable manufacturers. Experienced partners can provide valuable insights into cost-saving opportunities and ensure high-quality production.

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Each element plays a vital role in the overall cost structure. At MakerVerse, we’re here to help you get high-quality parts at the price you need.

We specialize in providing high-quality injection molding services. Whether you need simple parts or complex assemblies, MakerVerse has the expertise and capabilities to deliver cost-effective solutions.