You’ve determined the best strategy for the prototype to production development project. A plan has been established with a course of action that fits your budget and timeline. Now, have you considered the design variables that may occur during this development process which accrue cost and timing?
Something to consider during the prototype phase for a high volume production project is that concepts and design standards should be mirrored to the production mold as close as possible to ensure the learnings from the prototype tool are utilized. This helps validate concepts and answer questions that always arise during a production launch. If high volumes are not of concern, the use of manual hand loads could be utilized to lower your upfront cost and shorten your lead-time.