I am a Mold designer and I know how to price a mold design designs. Pretty much based on a percentage of the sale value of the final mold 7% - 15% depending on complexity. But I have clients and they want part designs too not just the molds to be designed. I have one customer and he wants a single piece say a bottle to be designed and the next one wants an casing for an electronic device say 4 pieces. Yet another one wants a small house hold product with 100+ pieces. It is very tough to estimate the hours involved until you have done it. I am keeping a hour log of past jobs and that helps. I know of other designers that charge a set amount for a design say $15,000us to $20,000us for a electronic tester device. They are a product design office and all they design are products. Right now I am doing it at $35Cnd - $50Cnd / Hour and charging by the hour (Sorry I am Canadian and the excange rate is 1.6). It works but I know I am selling my self short by not charging by the job. My service is quite fair too. So my question is how do I price one piece and how do I price several pieces.
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