Tooling & Design

TOOLING_workerstooling_croppedAt Advanced Paper Forming we design and produce our own tooling in-house. Although some of our competitors send out complicated tooling orders to be completed by a third party, our knowledgeable staff is able to take your product and create a custom packaging solution to protect it. Keeping all the work in-house saves you money and allows us to have complete control over the design process and quality of our tooling.

In order to make a custom sample for your product, you will need to invest in tooling. Tooling can range in price depending on the complexity of the project. A relatively simple project could have a tooling cost of $4,000-$6,000.

Tooling is made up of two parts, a molding die and a transfer die. The molding die is used to form the product. It has a mesh screen, which is dipped into a slurry of paper and water. Using a vacuum, paper fibers are captured on the mesh screen and the excess water is sent back to the recycled water tank. The transfer die picks up the product from the molding die using compressed air and a vacuum. It then transfers the product to an oven for drying. For a better understanding of how tooling is used in the manufacturing process, click here.

To create tooling, our design team uses a 3D solid modeling program called Solidworks. This insures that our packaging will fit and protect your product perfectly. Our machine shop fabricates the tooling we have designed specifically for you, typically with plastic, aluminum and stainless steel components. Our skilled employees then create the delicate mesh screen on the molding die by hand.

If you have any questions regarding tooling or want a quote for your product, please don’t hesitate to contact us.