Plastic Materials

Material is a very important design consideration. It may come as a surprise to find out that there is more than one type of plastic – and for each type of plastic there are many grades and additives that affect the materials properties. Plastics are often considered because they are relatively inexpensive to process, which…

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Black Plastic Pellets

Designing Parts for Injection Molding

Before a mold is designed to produce an injection molded part, there are various design concepts to consider for a part to be molded properly and efficiently. This section will discuss some of these design considerations and their purposes, empowering you to design parts that require fewer iterations. Wall Thickness When designing a part for…

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Tooling Materials

After a part has been designed or modified for injection mold manufacturing, the design of the mold tooling should be considered, specifically the material the mold will be made of. Below are a few common mold tooling materials and an overview of the benefits and drawbacks of each. Aluminum Aluminum is often thought of as…

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