Footwear Outsole Mold Production- Tour a Mold Factory
Today we toured the Yuan Shen Metal Mold Company. My friend David Collins, a 30 year + shoemaking veteran, is the Vice President of Sales and handles the English speaking customer relations. David has worked in Korea, Taiwan, China, and Vietnam, making shoes for many top brands.
Located in South China
Yuan Shen Metal Mold Company is located in the South China city of Chang An. Yuan Shen is in the heart of the China shoe trade; you can get to the factory by car from Hong Kong in 2 hours or from the Shenzhen Airport in 45 minutes.
Yuan Shen is a full-service footwear outsole mold design and fabrication factory. The factory has 2D and 3D design capabilities for outsole, midsole, and injection parts. You provide the lasted upper and 2D design, the team here will make your outsole design to fit. Yuan Shen works directly with your choice of shoe factory as a subcontractor. When you work with a contractor like Yuan Shen, you own and control the outsole molds.
David has worked with Yuan Shen to make sure they have the right equipment to make all types of footwear molds. With 6 high-speed CNC machines, Yuan Shen can make a size run of wood cuts in 3 days and a full set of metal molds in 40 days.
In house SLA 3D printing
They have rapid prototype development service. David showed us the in-house SLA 3D printing equipment. They can also create PU pouring silicone molds. These molds cost around $350 and can be used to make up to 15 flexible, wearable test parts for prototype shoes.
Their mold prices are very competitive for the South China tooling market.
$1,400 rubber outsole molds CNC cut steel with Teflon coating
$1,800 to $2,000 for cast aluminum EVA midsole pressing molds.
The Yuan Shen Metal Mold Company has built a sister factory outside of Ho Chi Minh to serve customers with Vietnam production. Many of their customers take advantage of their China development service and then have the production molds produced in Vietnam.
If you would like to arrange a tour or discuss your mold requirements,
contact David Collins directly. Datoe1961@Gmail.com