The average cost of manufacturing a glass bottle mold, is 50,000 EURO.
The average time to manufacture a glass bottle mold, is 8 weeks.
Thousands of new glass bottle molds are being manufactured each year.
Nowadays, most bottle prototypes are manufactured either by the CNC process – as a solid, not hollow bottle, or alternatively, by plastic 3D printing.
The advantages of producing a 3D Printed glass bottle:
- Manufacturing of complex shapes that cannot be produced by the CNC process during the prototype stage.
- Being able to feel the weight and flexibility/stiffness of the actual material.
- The glass bottle prototype can be tested with corrosive materials that most plastic materials cannot withstand.
Printing of limited editions:
As the production of the glass bottle mold is so costly and time consuming, it may not be practical to produce a mold for the manufacturing of only a few hundred bottles.