Plastic and Rubber Molding 101: Materials, Manufacturing Processes and Applications

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Plastic and rubber molded parts are everywhere, and are produced from an extensive array of materials. While the complete list contains hundreds of varieties, they fall into four basic categories: thermoplastic, thermoset, rubber and silicone. Each group has its unique set of characteristics, advantages, and applications. Due to the differences in their material properties, they […]

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Plastic Injection Molding 101: An Overview

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Plastic injection molding is a complex fabrication process used to create countless products we engage with daily. This includes everything from the keys on your keyboard, buttons on your toaster, or gears grinding away under your car’s hood. Plastic injection molded parts are everywhere. Today, we’ll take a closer look at injection molding, the process, […]

China-Vs.-USA

Should You Source Your Injection Molds from China or the USA?

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Injection molding dies, or injection molds, are the heart of molding process. It’s crucial for buyers to source them from reliable, trusted, quality-driven suppliers. They have a big decision to make: to build their molds in China, or closer to home in the USA. Often, this leads to questions about quality versus cost and delivery. […]

Mold Flow Simulation Software

Five Reasons to Use Mold Flow Simulation Software for Injection Molding

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Are you leveraging mold flow simulation software to optimize your molds and injection molding process? You should be. Here’s why: injection molding is a complex process, and is subject to threats such as warping, uneven cooling, material defects, and much more. Historically, these challenges were only discovered through trial and error, leading to costly mold […]

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The Importance of Surface Finish, Texture, and Draft Angles in Injection Molded Part Design

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There are three aspects of plastic part design that are often overlooked, but crucial for manufacturing success: surface finish, texture, and draft angles. Understanding and optimizing each is critical for fabricating consistent, high quality plastic components efficiently. The first question that comes to mind: if these are so important, why are they often overlooked? We’re […]

Injection Mold Maintenance

The Importance of Injection Mold Maintenance, and How To Do It

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Keeping your plastic injection molds properly maintained is crucial to the long-term success of any molding program. When doing so, you will drive down costs, reduce downtime, and keep deliveries on schedule, all leading to better profitability. Today, we’ll take a deeper look at the benefits of proper mold maintenance, and dive into some tips […]

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Self-Contained Molds vs. Modular Insert Molds

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With plastic injection molding, there are two types of mold configurations that may be used: standard self-contained molds and modular insert molds. Today, we’ll compare the key aspects of both types. Self-Contained and Modular Insert Molds – Defined Let’s start with a definition for each. Self-contained molds consist of all components integrated into a singular […]

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Benefits of Recycling Plastic for Sustainable Injection Molding

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Scientists estimate that there are 5 trillion tons of plastic in the world’s oceans. FIVE TRILLION!* It’s hard to wrap your head around that number, isn’t it? Couple that with the ever-increasing global demand for plastic, and the oil it is derived from, and you have a perfect storm. Thankfully, plastic is recyclable. Today we’ll […]

Reduce Plastic Injection Molded Part Costs

5 Ways to Reduce Plastic Injection Molded Part Costs

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There’s one question that comes up in practically every call we have with prospects and customers lately. You’ve probably guessed it already: “How can we reduce cost?” It’s a fact. Every buyer wants to pay less for their injection molded parts, but without sacrificing quality. Thankfully, for many jobs, this is achievable if you know […]