These nubs are super helpful and we are the only company that offers this feature. When making molds for depositing machines, we can design in many small posts that rise off the surface of your mold. These posts allow you to stack your molds on top of each other. The stacking nubs will greatly reduce your required racking system, kitchen, and refrigeration space. However, please note that the nubs cannot be added to 'hand filled' mold designs because the nubs will get in the way of your spatula when scraping across the top of your mold.
Flower cutting is an additional/optional service. (Not all molds need flower cuts.) The flower cuts are applied in between each mold cavity and allow for your mold to expand more or 'flower open' to help with the unmolding process. The flower cutting is usually most recommended when your shape is deep with near-vertical walls because our molds are heavy-duty. The cuts will not shorten the mold life or impact the integrity of your edible shape. We will help you determine if you need this or not.
These are specially cut pieces of ABS plastic that ride beneath each of your molds as they pass through your mechanical depositor. They act as a supportive pizza tray allowing you to move and carry your mold after it has been filled. If you don't have a tray beneath your mold, you cannot carry/move a mold and expect it to not spill. Equally important is the carrier trays allow you to stack one mold on top of the other.
When we make a mold with more than 200 cavities, it represents a lot more engineering than normal, as well as more refined engraving. For this reason, a high cavity count can add to your first mold cost, yet the long term production efficiency will be excellent. Keep in mind, we will always design in as many cavities per mold sheet as we can so that you can have maximum efficiency.
This is a small raised 'fence' of silicone that surrounds the perimeter of your mold. The raised lip acts as a retaining wall to prevent material from rolling off the edge of your mold when you are quickly pushing the liquid ingredient around with a spatula. We call this 'flood and level'. Worth noting, some people who hand fill their molds do not want this lip because they want to 'grid' a group of molds together tightly on one large table for a larger pour. This is up to you and we will help you determine what is right for your kitchen space.
There are times when we can arrange cavity placement on your mold sheet in an offset manner to maximize cavity count. We call this a 'tight pack'. Some molds are specifically designed as 'double pass molds' that can run through your machine twice to double your production volume. We will determine if offset spacing is possible with your shape/size.
You do not have to be exact with this step. Some shapes will work better for you than others depending on your markings, and production methods. Choose something close to what you want and we will help guide you towards the options in terms of shaping towards your plan.
This reflects the opposite side of your edible located towards the bottom. There are many options, the most common being chamfered which simply means slightly beveled. For hard candy lozenges, we recommend rounded surfaces throughout for better mouthfeel.
Tapering refers to the sidewalls of your edible. For example, the top of your edible could be flat, but the sides may be tapered. Not all shapes require tapering, but a good taper does help with the speeding process for unmolding.
It's not always obvious at the beginning which style of engraving will work best for your shape. Your test mold will contain multiple iterations of your engraved marking, different depths, raised, recessed options, etc. Your test results will allow you to best determine which engrave option reads the best on your edible. Please let us know if you are sugaring your edible as that requires a very heavy marking.
This step is super important, but it is not always easy to know. For example, you may know you want a 5g edible but are not sure what size options are possible. Just tell us a rough estimate of your dimensions and we can approximate at the start. When we make a test mold for you, it will contain many size iterations of your shape so you are sure to confirm what suits you the best. Additionally, there can be size restrictions based on what depositing equipment you are using.
Please let us know if you require a state regulatory/milligram marking or if you want your custom brand logo on the edible. Please keep in mind, the smaller the edible, the less readable your marking. Also, your logo should be modified to make it as simple and as bold as possible.
Most of our molds are either half sheet pan (11"x16" ) size or specially sized to run towards your depositors such as Baker Perkins Servo Form Mini or the Universal. We can make larger molds but at a greater cost. Additionally, larger molds can be cumbersome to work with and more difficult to wash.
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