Aluminum vs. Steel for Plastic Injection Molds
ICOMold has always offered hardened steel material for plastic injection molds. But injection mold tools can also be made out of aluminum, and many of our competitors use aluminum.. So how do you know if a steel mold or an aluminum mold is best for your plastic injection molding project? There are advantages and disadvantages of each. The major differences are:
* Modifications: Steel molds are easier to modify if you have design changes, so they’re a better choice if there’s a good chance your part may have design revisions.
* Durability: Aluminum molds may withstand of thousands of shots, but our production steel molds, on the other hand, carry a lifetime warranty.
* Speed: Aluminum molds can be faster to produce to steel because of the manufacturing method used.
* Cost: Aluminum molds can be cheaper than steel molds, but in China, where we manufacture our injection molds out of steel, there is not enough cost difference to be significant. Overall, the advantages of steel generally outweigh those of aluminum and make it a better choice to manufacture your injection mold tool out of.
These are some of the main differences between our aluminum and steel molds. For more details, please visit the website page that describes the differences of aluminum and steel molds in detail.