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.
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.
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.
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.
In this post, we take you through the basics of thermoplastics, including the different groups, classes, and types of thermoplastics that are used to make products such as water bottles, clips, plugs, and so much more.
Have you ever looked at a plastic part and seen some sort of surface defect that didn't look good? In this post we take you throughmost common injection-molded surface defects and the possible sources that are causing them.
Automotive injection molding components require a vast array of knowledge in order to make parts that hit tight tolerances and pass strict testing requirements. The main elements that we focus on are typically the product design, material, tooling, and manufacturing. But what can easily be overlooked is how some materials react to their environment after the part is molded.
In this post, we will specifically focus on Nylon (popular thermoplastic material used in a variety of automotive applications), moisture conditioning methods, design elements to focus on, and some of the basics of moisture conditioning in general.
In this post, we'll be covering the basics of cold runner injection molding systems. We'll go over what a cold runner system is, the mold cavity flow path elements, the two types of molds, and cold runner system advantages & disadvantages.
In this post, we'll be covering the basics of hot runner systems, a form of injection molding that has grown in popularity and usage over the years due to its key advantages over traditional cold runner systems. You'll learn what a hot runner system is, the different types, and the advantages & disadvantages of choosing this form of injection molding.
Whether you're new to plastics, trying to source your next project, or an engineer, in order to fully grasp injection molding, you must first understand the basics of how it all works. In this post, we're going to attempt to make it as simple as possible to help you learn what all goes into molding plastic parts.