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I have an idea of a lure that I would like to produce. Does anyone have any experience in the process of manufacturing hard plastic lures, or any mold manufacturing experience?
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Originally Posted by chunk View Post

I have an idea of a lure that I would like to produce. Does anyone have any experience in the process of manufacturing hard plastic lures, or any mold manufacturing experience?

Other than molds like that are very very expensive I have no input on this. Look at how expensive Super Strikes molds were cwm31.gif
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I worked my entire career in the molding industry or industries that needed the molding services. If you are serious about prototyping an article you will need to contact a custom molder. Preferably one that offers prototyping. Some have limited run tooling capabilities that come in at a fraction of the cost of production tooling. Depending on the complexity of your article they may also be able to build kirksite tooling that is cast.
Google "custom plastic molders" see what you find.
post #4 of 11
If you use solid modeling to design your lure, that model can be rapid-prototyped (sometimes called 3D printing) in plastic and a soft mold made from the rapid-prototyped plastic to mold copies. This is for very small quantities only (up to 20).
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Originally Posted by zeke04 View Post

If you use solid modeling to design your lure, that model can be rapid-prototyped (sometimes called 3D printing) in plastic and a soft mold made from the rapid-prototyped plastic to mold copies. This is for very small quantities only (up to 20).


That's wicked cool stuff! 

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A really good prototype can cost around $400 to $700, and more on the plastic end. Than you need wire it and put hardware on. Than take it to the surf and work it to death , hoping and praying not to loose it!

If all is well you bring it to a manufacture, if you need to remake the prototype to your liking,  repeat step one! as many times as it takes.

Your next step is also costly you make a couple dozen to have veteran surf caster try out!  And hope it dose not get pick up by other lure makers! {pattern it ,$}  When you really believe it`s a seller, than you go to the manufacturing end , assemble {you or them} , marketing advertising, disturbing, and many other obstacles 

 Remember the more you make the cheaper they will cost, new lures will need to be sponsored and promoted by a great names {shows $}  and or cost less than other lures to be conceded.

Wood works better than most plastic lure`s and you will not be stuck with 10,000 pieces of nothing! 

 

Good luck, hope you have a winner for us!

Remember, Bill Gates {drop out of college} he was laugh at when he  wanted to start Home PC!

 

post #7 of 11
There are guys out there that use some sort of Silcone Mold Process to make some Pretty Sick Lures. You might do some research on the process.
post #8 of 11
Most Australian lure manufacturers start off with wood, then do the silicone mold and urethane casting thing for a while before moving on to proper molding. I suppose I'd be shot by the mods for posting some links to some Australian lure collecting forums.
I must warn you the Chinese are pretty shameless about ripping off anything that sells, you can Trademark the name but that's about all.
post #9 of 11
The injection molds used by Super Strike run $70-$100,000. Rapid prototyping will give you more consistency than wood, and everything said about copying by China and others is true - look at the proliferation of Sebile lookalikes.
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The injection molds used by Super Strike run $70-$100,000. 


 

How many cavities are in the molds they use? 

post #11 of 11
The number of cavities depends on the machine available to run the mold in. More cavities require more clamp tonnage.

70 to 100K is not much when talking injection tooling. Depending on complexities like knock outs, core functions etc I have built injection tooling that cost 1.1 million. Single cavity automotive facia molds.

If I had a brain storm and came up with a lure to mold I'd shop it to other tackle manufacturers. Take a buck apiece and sit back and count my money.
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