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.
For many businesses, looking for a parts manufacturing vendor happens late into the design process, often after you’re deep into the design phase. This has its advantages, as the scope of the product has already been figured out and having a CAD or physical prototype allows for quicker mold design. However, it’s not usually the right decision when it comes to the end product. Work with your vendor early in the design process, even before prototype development, can result in a product that’s easier and less costly to manufacture, with fewer mold design and injection molding production problems.[Read more…] about Design for Manufacturing: Working Early with Vendors
Like with all manufacturing processes, plastic injection molded parts can come out of the process with issues and defects that require troubleshooting. One of the most common quality issues is the short shots (sometimes referred to simply as “shorts”), in which the final product is missing material due to the mold not filling completely. In this blog, we’re going to look at the most common causes of this problem, and how troubleshooting short shots is a vital part of quality control and lean manufacturing. [Read more…] about Troubleshooting Short Shot in Plastic Injection Molding
It’s important to understand that the quality of the end product of injection molding – the plastic part – is a product of three major things: the plastics used in the injection process, the injection machines themselves, and the tool that casts the injected plastic into the final part. While all play a critical role, many of the issues that can arise from the project can be traced back to the molding tool. Time, cost, and the location where your tool is made can all affect the end product, which in turn can affect your end product. Learn what it takes to build the best plastic injection molding tool. [Read more…] about Building a Plastic Injection Molding Tool for Success