Depending on the type of diaphragm being considered, several manufacturing methods can be used. Flat and non-molded types are simply cut from flat, cured stock as received from the supplier. When an application requires a convoluted or deep-draw diaphragm, tooling and molding conditions are critical for successful to production. The design engineer has to carefully consider tool design. Injection, transfer, and compression molding are three methods commonly used in forming rubber parts. In the manufacture of fabric-supported diaphragms, compression molding is most commonly used. With this method, a set of matched male and female tools is brought together to shape the diaphragm to the desired configuration. The tools, presses and material to be molded have significant bearing on the manufacture of fabric-supported diaphragms.