ABS Plastic Injection Molding Services

At Plastic Design International (PDI), we specialize in custom plastic injection molding services. We accommodate a wide range of engineering and commodity thermoplastics, including ABS. Equipped with over forty years of manufacturing experience and multiple injection molding systems with 35 to 385 clamp tonnage capabilities, we have the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to accommodate small to medium parts in low to high production quantities.

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is a thermoplastic often used in injection molding operations. It exhibits many properties (e.g., high tensile strength, dimensional stability, durability, and heat resistance) that make it well-suited for the process. Manufacturers utilize it to manufacture a variety of plastic molded parts and products.

Our ABS Injection Molding Capabilities

Our experts offer a range of injection molding capabilities for ABS, including:

  • High-Tonnage Injection Molding. High-tonnage injection molding refers to injection molding operations that utilize high-tonnage systems. The amount of tonnage required to produce an injection molded part depends on many factors, including the mold cavity’s surface area, the material’s tonnage factor, viscosity, and flow rating, and the part’s dimensions. Both underestimating and overestimating the amount of tonnage required for a molding operation can cause issues with the mold, the molding machinery, and/or the molded part.
  • Insert Molding. Insert molding is an injection molding technique that involves the injection of plastic into a mold that contains a pre-fabricated and pre-placed insert. The result is a molded product with a partially or fully encapsulated component. The end results of insert molding operations range from simple (e.g., knives) to complex (e.g., motors). The advantages of this molding technique include higher strength and reliability in the finished piece and lower production costs due to the elimination of the need for secondary assembly operations.
  • Overmolding. Overmolding is an injection molding technique that involves combining two or more plastic materials to create a single part. The process begins by molding the base layer and molding the additional plastic layers over and around it. One or more plastic materials can be used, depending on material compatibility, to achieve the desired functional or aesthetic properties.

We also provide tool design capabilities to support our injection molding operations.


Infographic describing the advantages of using ABS in plastic injection molding operations

Advantages of Using ABS in Plastic Injection Molding Operations

As indicated previously, ABS has many properties that make it appropriate for use in injection molding operations and injection molded parts, such as:

  • Excellent tensile strength and stiffness
  • Durability (e.g., resistance to impact, heat, oils, and acids/alkalis) and dimensional stability under load (e.g., resistance to creep)
  • Very good ductility
  • Good dielectric properties
  • Compatibility with many other polymers
  • Recyclability

Industrial Applications of Injection Molded ABS Components

ABS is used in the manufacture of injection molded parts and products for a variety of industries, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Communications/Telecommunications
  • Consumer Goods
  • Defense
  • Electrical/Electronic
  • Fire Safety
  • Firearms
  • Maritime
  • Medical
  • Military
  • Printing
  • Optical

Contact the Injection Molding Experts at PDI Today

Injection molding is an effective and efficient manufacturing solution for molded ABS components. If you’re looking for a partner for your next ABS injection molding project, turn to the experts at PDI. We offer custom plastic injection molding capabilities for ABS parts and products in prototype, small run, large run, long run, low volume, and high volume production quantities. To learn more about our services and how we can help fulfill your injection molding needs, contact us or request a quote today.

ABS Plastic Injection Molding Capabilities:

General Capabilities
Injection Molding
Custom Fabrication
Prototyping
Testing
Inspection
Mold Making
24/7 Lights Out Operation
Global Clientele
Material Requirement Planning
Inventory Control
3 Shifts
Insert Molding
Assembly
Engineering Changes
In-House Mold Maintenance
Product Capabilities
Small to Medium Parts
Low Volume
High Volume/Low Mix Capabilities
Insert Molding
Mold Process Type
ABS Plastic Injection Molding
Temperature Range
Melt temperatures up to 800°F
Machine Maximum Velocity
Up to 12 in/sec
Clamp Tonnage
Min
35 tons
Max
385 tons
Shot Size
The maximum weight of plastic that can be displaced or injected by a single injection stroke. Generally expressed as grams of polystyrene.
Up to 676 grams of PS
Number of Cavities
The number of cavities in the mold used to produce multiple products in one molding cycle.
1 to 32 cavities
Work Space Capacity
55,000 square feet
Part Thickness
.020 and up
Tolerance (+/-)
±.002 
Secondary Services
Part Assembly
Hot Stamping
Machining
Inserting
Heat Staking
Sonic Welding Parts and Inserts
Flushing/Cleaning
Hardness Testing
Leak Testing
Moisture Testing
Force/Break Testing
Destruct Testing
Continuity Testing
Part Decorating
Surface Finish
Mold customer texturing and engraving
Additional Services
APQP – Advance Product Quality Plan
Engineering
Process Validation
Insert Molding
Dew Point Controlled Facility
CNC Machining
Electric Discharge Machining (EDM)
Mold Acquiring Capabilities
Mold Evaluation
Mold Maintenance
Mold Making
  • Domestic Tooling
  • Overseas Tooling
  • Tool Design
Product Development Assistance
Mold Flow
Tooling
Inspection
  • CMM Inspection
  • Optical Measuring Machine
Fixturing
MRP
Production Volume
Prototype
Low Volume
Small Run
High Volume
Large Run
Long Run
Lead Time
Quoted on job by job basis
Rush Services Available
Just- In Time/ Ship To stock
Kanban

Additional Information

Industry Focus
Aerospace
Automotive
Construction
Communication
Consumer Goods
Defense
Electrical
Electronic
Fire Safety
Fire Arms
Maritime
Medical
Military
Printing
Optical
Telecommunications
Industry Standards
ISO 9001:2015 - International Organization for Standardization
TS - TS Is a quality standard developed by the Automotive Industries.
RoHS - Restriction Of Hazardous Substances (Compliant)
WEEE Compliance
Material Composition Declaration IPC 1752
ITAR - International Traffic In Arms Regulations
REACH
SVHC
Proposition 65
Efficiency
Lights Out Manufacturing
3 Shifts
24/7
File Formats
Preferred format is SolidWorks, but we can also accept;
AutoCAD (DWG,DWZ)
DXF - Drawing Interchange Format, or Drawing Exchange Format
IGES - Initial Graphics Exchange Specification, ANSI file format.
Inventor (IDW, IPT)
IronCAD (ICD,ICS)
JPG or JEPG - Joint Photographic Experts Group
PDF - Portable Document Format
Pro-E or Pro/Engineer (DRW,PRT,XPR)
SolidEdge (DFT)
SolidWorks (SLDPRT,SLDDRW,SLDDRT)
STEP - Standard for the Exchange of Product Model Data

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