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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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How to Calculate Clamping Force for Injection Molding

Image credit: CustomPartNet Clamping force refers to the force applied to a mold by the clamping unit of an injection molding machine. In order to keep the mold closed, this force must oppose the separating force, caused by the injection of molten plastic into the mold. Normally, the force rating is stated in tons, e.g. a 200 ton machine is capable of producing a maximum clamping force equivalent to a total of 200 tons. The calculated tonnage can be used [...]

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Value Added Services – We Do a Whole Lot More Than Just Plastic Injection Molding

We’ve been in business since 2003 and our expertise is in our core business of custom plastic injection molding and CNC machining. But we also offer a number of additional post-production services that you may not be aware of. We offer additional services that our competitors don’t offer, making us a “one-stop shop.” We have the capability to join plastic parts together through ultrasonic welding and hot plate welding, such as for automotive lighting and fuel tanks. We can also heat [...]

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How Online Quoting Compressed Time for Plastic Injection Molding

Driven by customization and personalization, the competitive factor of time-to-market has dictated quicker turnaround times for plastic products. The speed of everything in the manufacturing process leading up to fast parts – including rapid prototyping, and the quotation process – has been accelerated. Engineers today are under pressure to quickly design, collaborate and source parts. Fortunately, they have new digital tools at their fingertips that they didn’t have just a short year or two ago. Online quotation systems, in particular, have [...]

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Design Guidelines for Plastic Part Moldability

Need a boss in your part so it can attach to another part? Did you know there are correct ways and incorrect ways to design a boss? Design a boss wrong and you could have thick sections that lead to sink marks. To help you avoid sink and other potential pitfalls in plastic part design, our Plastic Part Design Guidelines resource provides tips to help you avoid design mistakes that can lead to surface material and structural flaws in the [...]

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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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New Video: What is Plastic Injection Molding?

The new video, “What is Plastic Injection Molding?” is now available to be viewed on YouTube. At under two minutes long, the short video is a high-level overview of the plastic injection molding manufacturing process. The video was produced by Design World as part of its “What is” informational video series, and sole sponsored by ICOMold. It features several actual plastic parts that we have custom molded for customers in various industries. View video

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Video: Plastic Injection Molding

New Video: Plastic Injection Molding We are pleased to announce a new video showcasing our plastic injection molding capabilities. The brief 48-second YouTube video is a quick snapshot of the types of plastic parts we can injection mold. The video also explains how our Ohio headquarters makes us easy to do business with, and our China manufacturing plant (shown) provides a lower cost structure, which allows us to pass the savings on to our customers. View the YouTube video here.

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