A good plastic part design is not just about the form and function, it also must be manufactured in an injection mold and it must be able to be molded efficiently.  Small changes in part design can have huge effects on part cost due to poor quality molded parts, slow machine cycles and high temperatures required to get parts to fill correctly.  At Northern Lights Solutions, Inc. we use mold flow simulation tools to model the injection molding process and predict part quality and injection molding parameters to understand what end results are expected before tooling is ever manufactured.  It is often used as a tool to determine key injection mold design features before the mold is designed.