How Much Does Prototyping Cost? (Infographic)


How Much Does Prototyping Cost? (Infographic)

We get asked a lot by our clients, “How much does it cost, approximately, to prototype this piece?” It is not an easy question to answer in three to five sentences via email. That’s why we always try to set up a phone call with our clients and understand better about their projects and expectations. Then, we can customize the solutions for them with 100% transparency.

With tons of experience and thoughts gained by communicating and working with clients, we created this infographic. Hopefully, it will offer a perspective for you to look at the questions of how much your prototyping project might cost.

We will touch on four aspects of four different prototyping techniques that drastically influence the cost of the production run. The four technologies are 3D Printing, CNC Milling, Silicone Molding and Injection Molding. Usually, Injection Molding is not considered as a prototyping method. However, based on our experience, some clients insist on using Injection Molding for prototyping due to reasons such as to meet the requirements of specific certifications.

The four aspects we are about to examine are the Upfront Time & Cost, Tolerances & Surface Finish, Materials and Cost per Unit.

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Upfront Time & Cost

Some prototyping technologies require extra preparations before starting. This part will focus on how much time and money these preparations could cost. For example, if you want to use Silicone Molding for prototyping, you will have to create the moulds first. This process could take some time and a certain amount of money to finish.

Tolerances & Surface Finish

Even for the same products/parts, using different prototyping methods could produce different tolerances and surfaces finishes. Some of them even require a bit of manual work to polish the surface.


What materials could be used for which prototyping technology? This section reveals the answer.

Cost per Unit

This is where it gets tricky. You have to take the total number of products/parts into considerations. Some methods cost less when the total number is bigger. You have to do the math and spend your money smarter.

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