When it comes to your plastic products, the only holes that should exist are the ones on the designs. Like with all manufacturing processes, plastic injection molding can introduce defects into their products. The important thing for the manufacturer and client to do is to detect the defects and then troubleshoot the problems that are causing them. This blog focuses on the two major source of holes – voids and bubbles – in plastic injection molding: vacuum voids and gas pockets.[Read more…] about Injection Molding Defects: Vacuum Voids and Gas Pockets
Whether this is your first product or your fortieth, if you’re not currently using plastic injection molding, you’re missing out on some great manufacturing options. Regardless of if your concerns are part accuracy, using plastics instead of metals, or if it’s really the most cost-effective option for your needs, we think this top ten list will help convince you to revisit using plastic injection molding for your product.[Read more…] about Top 10 Reasons to Use Plastic Injection Molding for Your Product
The process from idea to product to market requires many things to go right for a company. There are several factors throughout the entire process, with many of them beyond the control of those involved. When working with your manufacturer, there are specific skills that they will need to possess to help you maximize your efforts, saving you time and money. This is what puts the “agile” in agile injection molding. Learn how it can help you bring your parts and products to market more efficiently.[Read more…] about What is the Agile Injection Molding Process?
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