Author - Denny Scher

EMI Shielding for Plastic Parts

Copper Paint Coating for EMI Shielding If you need electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding for plastic parts that house electronics, copper paint coating can be a good option. Copper conductive paint is widely used in higher frequency EMI shielding applications (>30 MHz). While other conductive paints like silver or nickel may be more appropriate for some applications,  copper is a common, low-cost EMI paint. There are some considerations you should be aware of when designing plastic components that will require EMI shielding. For [...]

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Case Study: An Inventor’s Product Development Journey

The SlingBaron: World’s First Twirling Harmonica Dryer An inventor’s journey through the product development cycle can be very difficult, time-consuming and costly. It was all three for Mike J. Baron, inventor of the SlingBaron, the world’s first twirling harmonica dryer. Mike is a longtime inventor and harmonica player who combined these two talents to develop a problem-solving product and bring it to market. The development process wasn’t easy for Mike, but his persistence and belief in his product drove him to continually [...]

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Comparison Guide for Plastic Material Performance

The Plastic Performance Penguin (The Triple P) When you’re choosing the plastic material for your injection molding project, you have literally thousands of materials to choose from. There are several factors to consider, such as cost, strength and temperature range. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a penguin-shaped chart that helped guide you through a comparison of the most common plastic materials? Well you’re in luck because our Plastic Performance Penguin (“Triple P” for short) does just that. Sure, we could have made [...]

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How the China Trade Tariffs Affect Injection Mold Pricing

The recent announcement regarding a 25% tariff on certain products coming to the United States from China has some customers wondering if that will affect their pricing. It’s a fair question, considering we have a manufacturing plant in Shenzhen, China. The answer is NO, the new tariffs will not affect the price of our plastic parts, nor the pricing for injection molds imported to the U.S. from China. According to the revised Harmonized Tariff Schedule, the codes we use for injection molded [...]

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Injection Molding Clamp Force Requirements

In plastic injection molding, clamping force is required to hold the mold halves together while they’re being filled, under pressure, with the molten plastic. The force required by the injection molding machine to hold the mold together is expressed in clamp tonnage. A “200 ton” machine, for example, is capable of creating a clamping force equivalent to a total of 200 tons. So, how do you know how much clamp tonnage, and therefore which injection molding machine, is required for a [...]

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Post-Molding Painting Processes for Plastic Parts

Post-molding, or secondary, processes can enhance plastic injection molded 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 the entire part. Or silk screening may be best for applying [...]

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Discussion Board Facilitates Online Project Management

Once we launch your plastic injection molding project, the same online system you used to get your quote becomes a project management platform. Our project management system is your portal to track the status of your injection molding project. An important feature of the system is the integrated online discussion board, which allows you to communicate with your project manager and mold engineer. Your project notes and timing milestones are all together in one place, on one platform, so everyone involved [...]

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Custom CNC Machined Metal Prototypes

In addition to our plastic CNC machining capabilities, we also provide metal CNC machining. We offer various metal materials such as aluminum, steel, brass and titanium for CNC machining. We can also perform secondary processes like anodizing, plating and powder coating. Many of our plastic injection molding customers also have a need for machined metal parts, so we offer the convenience of providing multiple manufacturing services from a single supplier. Learn more about our metal CNC machining capabilities

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Prototype and Low-Volume Custom Metal Parts

In addition to our plastic CNC machining capabilities, we also provide metal CNC machining. We offer various metal materials such as aluminum, steel, brass and titanium for CNC machining. We can also perform secondary processes like anodizing, plating and powder coating, and our standard tolerance for machined metal is +/- 0.002″. Many of our plastic injection molding customers also have a need for machined metal parts from time to time, so we provide the convenience of offering multiple manufacturing services from [...]

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What to Expect: The Process of Working With ICOMold

When you work with us on a custom plastic injection molding project, we are involved with you through every step of the process. From getting your initial instant quote, to DFM review, to receiving your parts, our process is very well-defined. You’ll know what to expect, and when. To learn what to expect when you work with us on a plastic injection molding project, please visit the Our Process page, where you’ll learn about: Getting an instant quote and quote confirmation Grant project, [...]

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