Tag - injection molding

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 [...]

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The difference between plastic injection molding and plastic injection moulding

For almost 15 years, ICOMold has produced quality plastic injection molded parts for customers around the world using custom injection molding. We’ve fielded a variety of questions during that time, but here’s one you might not expect: “What is the difference between injection molding plastic products and injection moulding plastic products?” The answer is simple: There is no physical difference. The reason for the spelling difference is that American English uses molding, and British English uses moulding. As a worldwide [...]

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Our Unique Discussion Board Facilitates Project Management

When you work with us on your custom plastic injection molding project, our interactive online system makes it easy to always know exactly where your project stands. One of the very convenient features of our project management system is the online discussion board. You can avoid the hassle of multiple emails and phone calls (though we will certainly be responsive if you do!) by having all the project correspondence take place on one platform. Through the discussion board, you can ask questions, [...]

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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 [...]

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From 3D Printed Prototype to Production Parts

Depending on the circumstances of your custom plastic parts project, one production method may offer advantages over another for your initial prototype. A 3D printed prototype may work best, or a CNC machined part might be the best choice. You may want us to CNC machine your prototype because you need to test the physical properties of the specific material you’ll be using in production, and the material is available for CNC machining but not for 3D printing. On the other [...]

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Selecting the Right Plastic Material for Your Injection Molded Parts

Photo credit: Plastics TechnologyWhen 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? [...]

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Discussion Board Facilitates Project Management

When you work with us on your custom plastic injection molding project, our interactive online system makes it easy to always know exactly where your project stands. One of the very convenient features of our project management system is the online discussion board. You can avoid the hassle of multiple emails and phone calls (though we will certainly be responsive if you do!) by having all the project correspondence take place on one platform. Through the discussion board, you can ask questions, [...]

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3D Printing vs. Plastic Injection Molding

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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