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
A frustrating combination of disrupted supply lines from the global pandemic and the recent storm that devastated Texas has led to limitations in resin availability. As with any industry, this is creating a disparity in supply and demand, resulting in soaring plastic prices and force majeure declarations – meaning an inability to fulfill a contract due to an unforeseeable circumstance. This has led to some vendors revising part specifications or material requirements to sidestep the crisis. Let’s take a closer look at the recent and frequent force majeure declarations and their effects on plastic injection molders.[Read more…] about Force Majeure Declarations Affecting Plastic Injection Molders
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.