I have been writing about different ways to reduce the cost of producing products. Design and engineering are key to producing a high aesthetic product, but often one goal is to keep the total project cost down. Here is another idea to ponder….

Replace a traditional metal hinge with a plastic living hinge.

A plastic living hinge? A living hinge is similar to the hinge on a Tic-Tac breathmint container, but picture it on a much larger scale.

Imagine the savings this option offers!

  • No hinges to order! Lower lnventory costs!
  • No extra labor/machine time to fasten them to the product; they are already there molded into the product.
  • No risk for rust and no need to grease the hinge.