Plastic is a fantastic material because of its versatility. When it comes to manufacturing parts, the sheer number of plastics you can use is only rivaled by the manufacturing processes to make them. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses and its own economical niches to fill, but you should compare all before using one over the other. Today we’re looking at the manufacturing differences between injection molding and blow molding and comparing the pros and cons to help you make an informed decision going forward with your next project.[Read more…] about The Manufacturing Differences Between Injection Molding and Blow Molding
Whether you’re an established business looking to start manufacturing with plastic injection molding or a newcomer to the medical devices industry, it’s important to know how (and when) to start the process of talking to a mold maker and plastic injection molding manufacturer. Unsurprisingly, medical devices are held to a higher standard of quality and manufacturing than most plastic injection parts, so working with someone skilled in that market who understands the standards is vital.[Read more…] about Getting Started with Plastic Injection Molding for Medical Devices
If you’re looking at plastic manufacturing, you’re going to see these three terms a lot: resin, polymer, and plastic. Sometimes they are used seemingly interchangeably, and other times seem to refer to specific kinds of feedstock or products. Today, we’re going to demystify the difference between these terms as well as give you some useful starting places if you’re just getting into plastic use in the injection molding industry.[Read more…] about Resin, Polymer, and Plastic: What Difference Do These Terms Have?
The continuing trend of sustainability in all aspects of manufacturing and industry is coming from the top in form of government regulations down to the bottom in terms of customer preference. This means you may need to change your own company’s sustainability initiatives, which can be challenging if your production relies on plastic parts. Today, we’re going to look at how you can maintain plastics productivity while increasing sustainability in your industry by working with the right plastic injection molding manufacturer.[Read more…] about Maintaining Critical Plastics Productivity While Increasing Sustainability
With the new year, it’s important to look back on the shortages of last year, their sources, and what they mean for 2023. While these last few years we’ve felt numerous shortages due to the pandemic and labor shortages, in 2022 we saw a new one with the outbreak of war between Russia and Ukraine causing a shakeup of hydrocarbon restrictions—specifically natural gas and other derived chemicals—through both sanctions and the ripple effects of the conflict.[Read more…] about The Effects of Hydrocarbon Restrictions on Plastic Injection Molding
Every modern manufacturing method has its strengths and its weaknesses. 3D printing may be fast and relatively cheap, making it great for prototyping, but it cannot be scaled up for mass production. CNC milling can produce complex parts out of very hard materials but at a high cost. There are limitations of plastic injection molding as well, but there are also ways to offset many of these weaknesses with a little foresight, especially when working with the right vendor early in the process. Learn our top three tips for getting your parts made with injection molding the right way.[Read more…] about 3 Tips for Overcoming the Limitations of Plastic Injection Molding