Using plastics in a wide variety of industries provides strength, versatility, and cost-efficiency that is difficult to achieve with many other materials. However, determining the application for which you intend to use plastics can inform you of the manufacturing process you should pursue. In particular, two popular methods for manufacturing plastic parts – plastic injection molding and thermoforming – offer many unique advantages depending on the specifications required for your project. In this blog, we will compare the advantages of both so you can determine the best option for you.[Read more…] about Comparing Plastic Injection Molding and Thermoforming
Injection molding is the preferred method for producing high-quality plastic parts, but it’s a complex operation that requires extensive knowledge of the process and machinery. That’s why it’s important to consider various aspects of a part’s designs, as everything from the vendor’s qualifications and equipment and to the part’s angles and edges can influence the quality of the final product. The subsequent guidelines to follow when designing injection molding parts require more upfront work but will pay dividends in both mold design and part production.[Read more…] about Guidelines to Follow When Designing Injection Molding Parts
When you entrust your injection molding production to a manufacturer, you’re entering a partnership. Justifiably, you want your manufacturing vendor to consistently meet your expectations, provide timely output, and add value to your projects. However, if you’ve found yourself in a lopsided partnership that has eroded your confidence in them – through poor-quality part production, unfulfilled orders, or other unsavory activities – it’s time you seek a business elsewhere. But first, you need to know what to look for in injection molding manufacturers.[Read more…] about 4 Things to Look for in Injection Molding Manufacturers
The act of prototyping is typically performed to test various part designs to create the best product, and sometimes it’s required to show multiple design elements to prospective investors. Regardless, prototype development is integral to the plastic injection molding process, as the final product should mirror the designer’s image. However, there are often time constraints on part manufacturing, so individually prototyping different molds can be wasteful. That’s where rapid part prototyping comes in to play.[Read more…] about Rapid Part Prototyping: Why to Include Manufacturers During Design
Molding clear parts – such as water bottles or food-grade storage items – requires more focused attention to detail and stricter processing controls compared to non-transparent injection molding. Each transparent polymer has varying properties that can influence a company’s decision, including differing levels of strength needs, temperature requirements, and chemical resistance. Even environmental factors such as UV radiation can cause degradation in outdoor equipment utilizing clear plastics. That’s why it’s important to familiarize yourself with the best transparent plastic for your needs.[Read more…] about What’s the Best Transparent Plastic for Injection Molding?
Plastics are used to make everything from children’s toys to critical medical components. However, the process by which these products are made is determined by your industry’s specifications. There are several plastic molding options available for this very reason, each capable of adhering to specific requirements. Determining your parts’ needs and conditions is essential when it comes to deciding the best option for you. In this blog, we will discuss the two most common options – compression molding and injection molding – and characterize their applications.