Dual-Shot Injection Molding

By |2019-09-09T15:30:27-05:00September 9th, 2019|Injection Molding|

Dual-Shot Injection Molding Dual-shot plastic injection molding, sometimes simply referred to as overmolding, is an efficient manufacturing process that allows you to produce your multi-material and/or multi-color part in one mold cycle without extra assembly steps. While it is possible to mold more than two materials/colors this way, this article will focus on using [...]

Types of Molds in Injection Molding

By |2019-08-29T15:47:56-05:00August 29th, 2019|Injection Molding|

Types of Molds in Injection Molding Injection molds may be classified by multiple different categories based on their features, such as runner system, plate amount, and part capacity. These classifications are not exclusive, but rather every mold will fit a label within each category. For example, you may have a mold that consists of [...]

Injection Mold Tooling Materials

By |2019-08-20T14:26:37-05:00August 20th, 2019|Injection Molding|

Injection Mold Tooling Materials When choosing your tooling material, the expected volume of your production will have a great bearing on what material will best suit your needs. For example, a mold made of hardened tool steel will guarantee a minimum of 50,000 cycles before needing maintenance, while an aluminum mold may only produce [...]

Rubber Injection Molding

By |2019-08-14T14:20:10-05:00August 14th, 2019|Injection Molding|

Rubber Injection Molding  What is Rubber Injection Molding? Rubber injection molding is similar to rigid plastic injection molding, except that the materials being used have flexibility and elasticity to make parts that require adaptability in their environments. These rubber-like materials are durable and can be produced in a variety of shore values, making them [...]

Thermoforming Material Selection

By |2019-08-09T09:49:21-05:00August 9th, 2019|Thermoforming|

Thermoforming Material Selection Thermoformed parts are made from thermoplastics, which are plastics that can be repeatedly heated and cooled without change to their characteristics. In order to be thermoformed, these materials are produced in sheets. These plastic sheets are loaded into the thermoforming machine where they are heated to their glass transition temperature. At [...]

PLA vs. ABS 3D Printing

By |2019-08-05T11:15:39-05:00August 5th, 2019|3D Printing|

PLA vs. ABS 3D Printing ABS and PLA are both plastic filaments that can be printed via desktop 3D printers. PLA is commonly used by beginners because it is easy to print and can create aesthetically pleasing pieces. ABS is more difficult to work with, but it is worthwhile due to its increased strength [...]

Thermoforming vs. Injection Molding

By |2019-07-31T12:22:56-05:00July 31st, 2019|Injection Molding, Thermoforming|

Thermoforming vs. Injection Molding  Both thermoforming and injection molding are widely used plastic manufacturing methods. While both technologies require molds, they differ in many areas, including process, part design, cost, and volume. In general, thermoforming is best suited for large parts, including packaging and enclosures, while injection molding excels with small, end-use parts.  In [...]

Injection Molding Cost

By |2019-07-24T13:39:13-05:00July 24th, 2019|Injection Molding|

Injection Molding Cost The cost of injection molding depends on multiple factors, including part complexity, tooling, materials, labor, quantity, and production location. You can expect to spend $1,200 minimum on your mold. In addition to tooling costs, you will also pay for each unit produced. For very low volumes, you can expect to pay [...]

Thermoforming Cost

By |2019-07-24T13:40:53-05:00July 23rd, 2019|Thermoforming|

Thermoforming Cost The cost of thermoforming depends on several factors, including the design, tooling, materials, and labor needed to complete your part. You can expect to spend $2,000-10,000 minimum on a single thermoforming mold. Each plastic sheet will cost $35-45 based on the material choice, but if a part is small, multiple may be [...]

3D Printing Materials

By |2019-07-19T15:47:42-05:00July 12th, 2019|3D Printing|

3D Printing Materials There are a lot of different materials available for 3D printing, and it can be difficult to know which will best suit your needs. In this article, we’ll discuss the four main categories of 3D printing materials, their properties, how they’re produced, and their best uses.  Extruded Thermoplastics Extruded thermoplastics are [...]

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