Plastic Industrial Design In Melbourne

For plastic industrial design Melbourne clients can bring their ideas to life with all the expertise of MAP Precision.

With our plastic industrial design Melbourne customers come to MAP Precision with their ideas for moulded and/or assembled products. MAP can turn these ideas into manufacturing statements by completing the design process, creating tooling, jigs and fixtures, and then producing a perfect final product.

Our design team will help design and develop a solution tailored to your exact specifications. 3D computer-aided design (CAD) can be used for specific projects requiring added complexities.

Our expert design team will assist in design and development of a customised solution to your exacting specifications.

We often produce a prototype model for customers seeking a visual representation of their product. This can be done with low expenditure and fast turnover times – have your part in no time at all!

Many of the formed products produced by map precision will come from aluminium water-cooled tooling which ensures accurate forming specifications are met at all times. However low-cost tooling in the form of epoxy-resin or fibreglass can be produced. This is particularly useful for prototype tooling or low volume production in plastic industrial design for Melbourne.

All small tooling is produced at our in-house workshop. However, any work that is more complicated, intricate or larger than what can be handled internally will be sent to our specialist pattern and toolmaker williams patterns. They can be contacted directly through their website at


Basic Specifications (Rules)

As a lightweight, affordable material, plastics have become an important part of manufacturing. Plastics possess excellent material properties for manufacturing application. They are, for example, lighter than metal, more efficient, but also with a toughness that lasts.

There are certain limitations placed on plastics design, owing to the material, however. Plastics are not as strong as metal, and they don’t conduct heat and electricity. In certain applications, they will warp or sink in moulding, if not designed well.

There are five rules to follow to make sure your design is plastics-suitable:

  1. Radius – When you are designing corners, you need to allow for large radii. A sharp corner will place too much stress on parts, meaning it is difficult to manufacture without breakage. As a general rule, corner thickness ought not exceed the range of 0.9 times the nominal thickness to 1.2 times the nominal thickness of the part.
  2. Wall Thickness – Plastics should always have uniform thickness in the walls. Shrinkage and warpage can result from different thicknesses. A uniform thickness will also keep manufacturing costs down – saving you money.
  3. Determine the right location – If you must have variations in wall design, it can be achieved with a grate location in the right spot.
  4. Draft – With plastic mold manufacturing, the removal of the plastic mold without a taper system renders the removal of parts impossible.
  5. Ribs – Plastic is rigid. Therefore, inclusion of ribs as it adds bending to the stiffness.

Call us to find out more! Our expert advice can greatly improve your design.