If your company exports or imports, you’re already aware of the trade war between China and the United States. We’ve had current and potential clients reach out to us about their concerns about how current or proposed tariffs (or the simple threat of tariffs) are hurting their production. If your business currently has a mold in China producing parts for import into the US and is being hurt by time or cost increases from the ongoing tariffs, it’s important to learn about your options – namely tool relocation. [Read more…] about US-China Trade War: Relocating Injection Mold Tools to Avoid Tariffs
Plastic injection molding is a great choice for manufacturing parts. However, contains some concepts and mechanics that prospective users should understand when it comes to the designing and building of molds. Molds have many parts and options for parts, and it’s important to understand how the various options contribute to the performance, cost, and complexity of a mold. In this article we look at the runner systems found in injection tools and how selecting hot or cold runners will impact the final product. [Read more…] about Hot Runners or Cold Runners for Your Injection Mold?
The great thing about working with plastics is there are many to choose from for their different characteristics, abilities, composition, durability, price-points, and more. These can range from plastics that is as hard as metal to plastics that are designed to flex when molded properly as a living hinge. From this wide array of plastics, let’s look at one of the most common types of plastic used: ABS plastic, and why you can find it in everything from drainage pipes to LEGO bricks. [Read more…] about Thermoplastic Highlight: ABS Plastic for Injection Molding
When it comes to producing your plastic parts, you’ve got several manufacturing processes to pick from. While we will always point to the advantages of injection molding, it’s important to understand the alternatives and which niche in the market they fill. Today we’re looking at spin casting and contrasting it to injection molding. Which is the best for you? It all depends on your needs and the scale of your project. [Read more…] about Should You Choose Plastic Injection Molding or Spin Casting?
While injection molds tools are hard to design and manufacture, their core concepts are easy to understand. The mold itself consists of two faces, between which is the cavity and core set into which the plastic is injected. The plastic – which, like its namesake implies, is injected into the mold through a sprue that feeds the runner plastic enters the mold’s cavity through the gate. The gate is the literal gateway of plastic into a cavity/core and therefore can make or break a mold. Too small and the mold cannot fill completely; too large and the plastic is too hard to shear. [Read more…] about The Importance of Gate Design and Gate Size in Injection Molding
If you are considering creating a plastic product, then you’ve asked yourself: What are the differences between injection molding and rotational molding? How do they compare in costs, production consistency, materials and design flexibility? We have discussed the advantages of the plastic injection molding process previously in our blog Five Advantages of Plastic Injection Molding. Before we examine the advantages of injection molding over rotational molding, we’ll need to examine the process of rotational molding. [Read more…] about Advantages of Injection Molding Over Rotational Molding