Injection Molding Pricing: Domestic vs. Offshore vs. Hybrid

Injection molding pricing domestic vs offshore

When considering injection molding, manufacturers have two primary options: domestic and international production. In this blog post, we'll provide an in-depth comparison of domestic and international injection molding pricing, as well as a hybrid model, to give you valuable insights to help you make a more informed decision on your next project.

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When To Remove Powder Coating Tape | Masking Experiments

powder coating tape removal

Welcome to the SECOND installment of our new masking experiment series! In this post, we will be taking you through what happens when you remove the tape right after powder gels and compare it to what happens when we remove tape after it cools down after the cure process. 

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Masking Experiments: Powder Build-Up Around Caps

Masking experiment for paint buildup

Welcome to the first installment of our new masking experiment series! In this post, we will be taking you through a common problem powder coaters deal with and an experiment we ran in an attempt to prevent the issue without the need for custom masking. So, without further ado, let's get into it!

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How Much Does Custom Die-Cut Masking Tape Cost?

custom die-cut tape

Masking is essential for many powder coaters, e-coaters, and other metal finishers. However, using standard rolls of tape can lead to wasted time & resources, injuries, and a higher reject rate. Custom die-cut masking tape is a specialized solution that can help streamline your production process and save you money in the long run. But how much does it cost to switch to custom die-cut masking tape?

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How to Mask Bolts, Studs, and Tube Ends | Metal Coating Guide

masking caps for bolts and tubes

In this post, we are going to take you through how to easily mask off bolts, studs, and tube ends during coating processes, such as powder coating and electrocoating.

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Automotive Plastic Fasteners: Fir Tree Design Basics

Fir tree design for plastic fasteners

The fir tree design (also called the x-mas tree design) on fasteners and clips is a solid design capable of high removal forces to ensure it remains in place. It is most commonly found on many off-the-shelf push panel fasteners that are widely available from various sources. But what about when you need more of a custom solution for your application?

In this post, we will take you through the pros of using fir-tree features, some commonly used designs, and a few other technical elements you should know.

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Converting Metal Brackets and Fasteners to Plastic

Converting Metal Brackets and Fasteners to Plastic

Automotive manufacturers have used metal fasteners as a norm for decades. However, as car manufacturers continue to focus on reducing the weight of their vehicles to improve fuel and battery efficiency, there has been a growing interest in replacing metal fasteners with plastic alternatives. This shift is driven by several factors, including plastic's lighter weight, corrosion resistance, and the ability to mold and shape plastic into complex geometries. In this post, we'll take you through the pros and cons of injection molded fasteners, design elements to focus on, and other factors that play major rolls in a fastener's success.

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Additive Manufacturing for Product Validation

product validation using additive manufacturing

Since its introduction into the world in the 1980s, additive manufacturing has been impacting the planet. Every single year additive technologies advance more and more. When done correctly, additive manufacturing speeds up the production process, reduces waste, and saves companies a ton of money. One area, in particular, is additive manufacturing's role in product validation.

The EV market has brought about a surge in demand for the latest and greatest vehicles. It has also brought us massive supply chain disruption with parts like chip shortages. What it has also brought to the world is the need for innovation with additive manufacturing. Manufacturers are now being asked to prototype and validate new parts in much smaller timeframes. This post will take you through how additive manufacturing is used to support this need. We will also take you through some of the fundamentals of this technology and the available techniques commonly used today.

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Living Hinge Design | Automotive Clips & Fasteners

nylon living hinge design

In this post, we are going to take you through not just the basics but also design tips, material breakdown, and what you absolutely need to get right when with the tooling and injection molding process for a successful living hinge.

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