How to make my toy? The Plastic, Vinyl, and Resin Figure Manufacturing Process
1. Toy Idea & Drawing
Your creative idea or toy drawing.
2. Custom Toy 3D file & Prototyping
Your 3D drawing, and toy prototyping figurine is 100% custom-crafted based on your design and specifications.
Based on the information and imagery that you provide, a sample prototype is produced. We can also use your CAD and 3D files to print out and modify designs. The cost of the sample will vary with complexity and the materials processing that needs to be used for production. For plastic and vinyl figures, a sculpt will be produced of your design based on your imagery, or you can provide us with a mold-ready sculpt that we will reproduce for manufacturing. Times for creating an initial sample sculpt or 3D print are typically 10-15 working days. Changes are made until you are satisfied with and approve the design, all at no additional charge and without obligation to order. Once the sculpt looks good in photos, a pre-production sample is produced for your approval of the final design prior to full manufacturing. If you decide you are not ready to proceed with production then the sample is still yours to keep. For resin figures, your prototype may be cast out of resin and a simpler mold construction process is used, reducing initial costs of setting up for manufacturing as compared to plastic and vinyl. Like with plastic/vinyl, the sample time to initial imagery for resin is about 10-15 working days. With resin we are able to finish a pre-production sample and move to manufacturing without lengthy mold making procedures, so time to production is usually much shorter than with plastic/vinyl.
3. First Sample / Mockup
4. Custom Toy Manufacturing & Making
Most plastic/vinyl figures require the creation of complex molds in order to cast the material at high temperature and pressures. This mold making process is typically about 25-30 days. Actual manufacturing time for plastic/vinyl following the creation of the molds is usually in the range of 30-45 days — again this depends on quantities and complexity of each design. Once production is completed, delivery times via ocean are approximately 30-40 days, while air freight times can vary from 2-10 days depending on the freight carrier. Rush orders that can reduce full production times by roughly 40% are usually possible for an additional fee. This rush time may also require a production-ready design. Reorders of toys we’ve previously produced don’t require creation of the production molds so production times are generally only the 30-45 days of a typical production. Resin toys don’t have a lengthy mold making time since they aren’t cast at the high temperature and pressures that plastics require. Therefore we can move straight from the sample prototype approval to full production. Production time after sample approval is usually around 30-35 days.
How about Toy Manufacturing Costs?
Pricing of each manufactured toy varies with the particular design, size, and quantities. Much of the cost of plastic and vinyl toys is in the cost of the molds that are made for production. The molds are often complex and require multiple parts in order to get the highest quality reproductions. We will limit these costs as much as possible without sacrificing quality. Our quotes estimate expected mold and manufacturing costs. We will provide firm prices for both after you approve your prototype and are ready to begin production. These prices are good for a fixed period, usually 30 days. If you include your postal code and country in your quote request, we will also estimate shipping costs. Calculating precise shipping weights and volumes prior to manufacturing is very difficult, but we can often give you a general idea of likely final costs of the toys as delivered to your door or loading dock. When it is time to ship your completed order, we will have a firm quote based on actual measured weights and cubic volume of the shipment. We work with different carriers to negotiate the lowest possible costs for either air freight or ocean freight. The costs for shipping, especially by ocean, can fluctuate throughout the year depending on demand for shipping due to holiday periods and the world economy. Because of these fluctuations, shipping quotes may only be guaranteed for 15-30 days.
5. Custom Toy Assembling