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9 Reasons to Choose ICOMold for Your Next Plastic Injection Molding or CNC Machined Parts Job

There are a few obvious factors to consider when choosing a plastic injection molding company: cost, speed and quality. However, here are a few more that aren’t so obvious: 1. Instant Plastic Injection Molding Quotes  ICOMold’s proprietary online plastic injection mold quoting system can give you your mold cost and piece price instantly. You don’t have to wait days for your quote – you see it online in real-time after you upload your 3D CAD file. Instant is as fast [...]

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A Look Back at the Top Stories of 2019

2019: The Year of The Penguin! We took a look back at all our weekly eNewsletters from 2019 to see which of them were most popular based on how many clicks they received. We knew that our Plastic Performance Penguin was popular last year, but we didn’t realize just how popular until we compared the numbers. It turns out that 2 of the 3 most popular issues were about the penguin! Drum roll, please: #3: Pumpkin Spice-Flavored Amorphous Plastics? Back in [...]

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Injection Molded Plastic Part Shrinkage, Explained

Image: Plastics Technology Plastic injection molding shrinkage is the contraction of a plastic molded part as it cools in the mold, and even after ejection. There are multiple factors that contribute to the amount of shrinkage a particular plastic part may undergo, such as the type of plastic material, wall thicknesses, and processing parameters. Mold makers must factor in shrinkage and compensate for it when making the injection molds that will make the plastic parts. So how do they know how much [...]

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3D CAD Model Design Services

When you request a quote for an injection molding project, the first thing you need to do is have a 3D CAD model of your part. This may seem obvious, but some customers contact us assuming we can give them a quote based on a part print (or less). While a print can be a very useful supporting document to call out critical tolerances/dimensions or areas of cosmetic surface finishes, for example, having a CAD model is necessary for [...]

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Plastic Material Samples and Design Discs

We are pleased to announce the availability of a hexagonal disc that demonstrates the material characteristics of ABS, and illustrates how it looks and behaves with different aspects like material surface finishes, knit lines, flash and flow. We injection molded the ABS discs for our customer and marketing partner, Plastic Sample Kits, as one of a 20-piece kit. Each disc in the complete kit is molded out of a different plastic resin, so you can compare material characteristics between them. [...]

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Post-Molding Part Painting and Other Secondary Processes

Post-molding, or secondary, processes can enhance injection molded plastic parts by adding aesthetics and functionality. Painting is one of the most common secondary processes. There are several different painting processes, each of which provides unique solutions for making plastic parts more robust. For instance, stamping may be the best method for painting a logo on a part, whereas spray painting would be a better option for changing the color of more of the part. Or silk screening may be best for [...]

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From Prototype to Production, Conveniently

ICOMold is your one-stop-shop for prototyping through production of plastic and metal parts. We offer custom injection molding, CNC machining and urethane casting for any quantity of parts. Working with ICOMold is very convenient – from the initial quotation, to production, to shipping and payment, we make it very easy to do business with us. Our online quotation system provides quick and easy quotes, then turns into a project management system that makes it convenient to track your project status. A very [...]

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A Look Back at the Top Stories of 2019

2019: The Year of The Penguin! We took a look back at all our weekly eNewsletters from 2019 to see which of them were most popular based on how many clicks they received. We knew that our Plastic Performance Penguin was popular last year, but we didn’t realize just how popular until we compared the numbers. It turns out that 2 of the 3 most popular issues were about the penguin! Drum roll, please: #3: Pumpkin Spice-Flavored Amorphous Plastics? Back in [...]

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Plastic Injection Molding Technical Resources

Whether you want to learn about plastic part shrinkage, or clamping force requirements, the Knowledge Base area of our website offers a wealth of valuable technical information for plastic injection molding. One of the most useful tools in the Knowledge Base is the Design Guidelines. When designing a part for the injection molding process, there are certain best practices to follow in the design stage in order to avoid costly and time-consuming design revisions further along in the development process. Visit [...]

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Plastic Sample Kits Now Available

We are very pleased to announce the debut of a 20-piece plastic sample kit. Each hexagonal piece is injection molded from a different plastic material, so you can compare stiffness, shrink and other characteristics of 20 common plastic resins. Because the sample pieces are all made from the same mold, you can directly compare each material’s susceptibility to sink, warp, knit lines, flash and more. This allows part design optimization specific to material selection like never before. We molded the parts in [...]

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