Injection Molding

Automotive Fasteners - Living Hinge Design

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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Basics of Thermoplastics

basics of thermoplastics

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.

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Automotive Materials | Thermoplastic Vulcanizate (TPV)

Automotive thermoplastics - TPV

In this post, we are going to take you through a specific thermoplastic material, commonly referred to as TPV (or thermoplastic vulcanizate), that has grown in popularity in the automotive sector and evolved over the years since its introduction in 1981.

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Future of Electric Vehicles: Sustainable Plastics

sustainable plastics

In this post, we cover two forms of sustainable plastics that automotive manufacturers are using or should be highly considering over the course of the next few years: Plastics used on the finished vehicle and bioplastics used for shipment protection.

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Injection Molding Basics: Common Surface Defects

injection molding defects

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.

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Automotive Plastics: Effects of Moisture on Nylon

nylon mositure conditioning

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.

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The Engineering & Manufacturing Complexities of Injection Molding Automotive Barbed Hose Connectors

Manufacturing barbed hose connectors

The burden of fluid connector part design and design for manufacturability has shifted from the OEM to the tier-1 supplier and their injection molding partner.  Throughout this post, we’ll discuss what makes an injection-molded barbed connector technically complex, critical design elements that need to be factored in, and the molding expertise required to deliver a stable and repeatable part.

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Injection Molding Basics: Hot Runner Systems

Injection Molding Basics: Hot Runner Systems

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.

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