Mainstream polymers are versatile enough to perform a large number of applications. Still, sometimes custom or specially built molded parts – such as for medical and public safety industries – have requirements that some commodity plastics just can’t meet. If a part needs to stand up to harsh conditions such as chemicals and fire, often engineering-grade plastics are the most viable solution. To understand how the application of these special plastics can minimize failure risk and achieve unique specifications, let’s review engineering-grade resins in plastic injection molding.[Read more…] about The Benefits of Engineering-Grade Resins in Plastic Injection Molding
We’ve come a long way since the Model T, transitioning away from heavy metal beams and brackets to lightweight yet durable plastics. Today, plastic parts support a wide variety of car functions, from the pedal and seat components to the powertrain and fuel system. There are several benefits to using plastics in car manufacturing, and skilled injection molders are well-versed in matching the right polymers to a car part’s performance needs. To discover just how useful this material can be, let’s review the benefits of plastic parts in the automotive industry.[Read more…] about The Benefits of Plastic Parts in the Automotive Industry
In times of COVID-19, medical plastics have never been in such high demand. From syringes to face shields, the plastic injection molding industry has had its hands full. Since medical utensils and devices are essential for performing life-saving tasks, not only do they require complex designs and functionality, but they also need to withstand a variety of medical environments, many of which include harsh chemicals and sanitation. To understand the safety precautions applied to injection molding, let’s take a look at the benefits of chemical-resistant resins in medical plastics.[Read more…] about The Benefits of Chemical-Resistant Resins in Medical Plastics
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?
There are a lot of things that go into making plastic parts. But the single biggest choice that will affect multiple categories of strength, price, flexibility, production speed, and even mold design during the project is the kind of plastic resin you pick for your production. It’s also a decision that needs to be made by the client, not the mold or part designer. All we can do is suggest plastics based on your needs. Today we’re here to provide you with some background on the four most popular thermoplastics and why they are so often used.[Read more…] about The Most Popular Thermoplastics Used in Injection Molding
Thermoplastic injection molding is the most common way to manufacture parts. Thermoplastics are polymers that can be repeatedly molten or softened by heating and solidified by cooling—as a physical change rather than a chemical change that takes place during the creation of thermoset materials. It is important to distinguish what type of thermoplastic should be used for the type of product you want us to help you create. Below are the most common thermoplastics used in injection molding.