My friends and I have been making a project for a year now, and now that the circuit is working we decided to try to get some working prototypes. We wanted to use silicone bands. The problem right now is that the prices for molds are expensive so the silicone band become more expensive than it should be. We wanted to start with a production of 5 thousand bands but the molds we checked in China were around 10k each. We did a bit of research and we realized those molds we are in the industry for huge productions.
My question here is which kind of molds we should be looking for small productions like ours?
We are a group of friend who studied electronics so we really have no idea about plastics, ways to produce plastics or the different types there are. Any extra info would be really helpful.