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How to Choose the Right Production Process

You’ll most likely need a different production process for your plastic parts if you’re at the beginning stage of product development, compared to being at the final stage, ready for production parts. Regardless of where you’re at in the process, we’ll help you understand the differences between the various production methods and choose the best one. The various processes vary by quantity of parts needed, cost, speed and other factors. Here are the manufacturing processes we offer: Urethane Casting: Fast, [...]


An Export Mold By Any Other Name

Export mold. That’s what we call an injection mold tool that we build in China and ship somewhere else. When we build a plastic injection molding tool for a customer, the customer owns the tool because they paid for it, but it usually stays in our manufacturing plant in China so we can run parts for the customer whenever they need them. However, sometimes the customer wants us to send the mold over here to the United States so they [...]


How Online Quoting Compressed Time for Plastic Injection Molding

As recently as a couple of years ago, it took engineers days or even weeks to obtain a quote for a custom plastic injection molding project. Today, the quotation processing time has been compressed to just a matter of hours. Through the Internet and some very complex, innovative online quotation systems, the automation of the quotation process has revolutionized the plastic injection molding industry. The Need For Speed Products today have an increasingly shorter lifespan. Think about how quickly new models [...]


Will 3D Printing Be the Demise of Plastic Injection Molding?

Some observers of the plastics manufacturing industry, especially those with a vested interest, would like to have you believe that 3D printing is going to be the demise of injection molding. While there are certainly cases where 3D printing makes sense, the reports of the death of injection molding have been greatly exaggerated. Plastic injection molding is a tried and true method of production that is in no danger of going away anytime soon. It is a basic, dependable method [...]


Prototype and Low-Volume Plastic Injection Molds

Sometimes you need a prototype or low-volume injection mold rather than a full production mold. Maybe you’re just at the point of needing some prototype plastic parts to test for form, fit and function. Or maybe you need a bridge tool to ramp up to full production. At ICOMold, we’re very good at producing prototype molds, and we can make them very quickly and at low cost. Our prototype molds carry a warranty of 10,000 cycles, so they’re ideal for low-volume [...]


Selecting the Right Plastic Material for Your Injection Molded Parts

Photo credit: Plastics Technology When you request an instant online quote for your plastic injection molding project, you specify options like quantity, color and overmolding. One of these very important options to consider is what type of plastic material you want your parts made out of. In injection molding, you have a lot of choices when it comes to material selection, and your material choice affects the appearance and performance of your parts. Does my part need to have high-impact strength? Will [...]


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 [...]


Lower Setup Charge for Plastic Part Production Runs

Our “production” plastic injection molds are built to withstand a high number of shots. If you anticipate needing a part quantity of 10,000 or more, you will want a production mold. These molds carry a lifetime warranty, so any needed maintenance, or even full replacement, will be taken care of at our cost for the life of the tool. You own the mold, we warehouse it, and we will run parts off it anytime you need them. When we do [...]


What Is Injection Molded Plastic?

ICOMold uses a process called plastic injection molding to produce thousands of plastic parts every day in a range of shapes and sizes. But what are injection molded plastic parts? Simply put, they’re parts made using plastic injection molding. In this process, hot liquid plastic is forced into a mold of the desired shape, resulting in a plastic piece that, when dried, permanently takes that shape. It’s similar to how cake batter baked in a cupcake pan will retain a cupcake [...]


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