07 Aug 2020
colorful samples of plastic materials

Last Updated on August 7, 2020Plastic injection molding can use many different types of plastic. The most common are polypropylene, polyethylene, PVC, and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). These materials are durable and affordable, making them well suited for a number of different applications.    Materials Used for Injection Molding   When choosing a material for […]

10 Jul 2020

Last Updated on July 10, 2020There are several factors that will determine your injection molding cost, including: Part size Complexity Material Quantities   Material selection is another consideration in determining the cost of injection molded plastic parts. In general, the plastic used to create the product is determined by what the product will be used […]

06 Jul 2020

Last Updated on July 6, 2020 What is Insert Molding?   Insert molding is the process of injecting plastic around an object, usually metal. This creates a single piece using two or more materials. Common inserts include things like metal pins and threaded rods.   Why use insert molding?   Insert molding is widely used […]

11 May 2020

Last Updated on May 11, 2020The Reshoring Index: Change Ahead   During these trying times, it can sometimes be helpful to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Even before the current COVID situation, manufacturing was undergoing some significant shifts that may have far-reaching implications for the years to come. These changes […]

13 Feb 2020
The metal plates of a plastic injection mold

Last Updated on June 2, 2020The plastic injection molding process The basics of the plastic injection molding process: melted plastic injects into a metal mold. The plastic material cools inside the mold and hardens into the finished product. The product releases when the two halves of the mold separate and the plastic ejects.  How does […]

10 Dec 2019

Last Updated on December 10, 2019What is an Overmold?   Overmolding uses two or more different materials to create a single product. For example, overmolding can create a plastic toothbrush with a soft, comfortable handle. The central, usually harder piece, is called the substrate, while the outer material is known as the overmold material.   […]

25 Nov 2019

Last Updated on November 25, 2019Is 3D printing cheaper than injection molding?   Injection molding is cheaper than 3D printing if you produce more than 100 parts. While the cost per unit using 3D printing stays relatively unchanged, the price for injection molding becomes dramatically better the more pieces you manufacture with your mold. There […]

19 Nov 2019
Plastic raw material in granules against the background of Chemical Laboratory and reagents

Last Updated on November 19, 2019Materials used in injection molding are plastics, specifically thermoplastics. There are hundreds of thermoplastics, but the most common thermoplastics used in injection molding are: Polypropylene Polyethylene Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) These three thermoplastic materials are used all the time. They are cost-effective, durable, and can tolerate the stresses of constant […]