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I was probably a bit unclear - you should be able to combine all 3 parts into a single mold Â for $3k, so 1000 units would run about 5k total. Â Even if you wanted to do separate molds (for contrasting colors or just to not have to clip apart the pieces), you still only need 2 molds since the outer shells could be identical if they aren't already. Â So maybe $5k for tooling if you go that route.Â
Certainly, get some solid quotes and run the numbers, but IMO there is a lot of potential upside here, and this is the kind of project that the maker community really gets behind.
What software did you design in? Â Most 3D CAD packages have mold design tools.