What are some examples of mass production?
Mass production is what takes a garage invention and puts it on shelves around the world. It is the process by which products are replicated at scale. It allows you to turn a dream into a business and a passion into a successful product. Almost everything you see in a shop, hardware store, or online market is a product of mass production.
Mass production of plastic
Mass production requires mass materials. In modern times, the material most at home creating large-scale production is and has long been plastics. Plastics provide an incredible array of benefits and advantages to your product. From price to flexibility, efficiency to durability, plastics are the clear choice for manufacturers across the globe.
Different plastic manufacturing processes
Plastic injection molding – Plastic injection molding creates the majority of durable plastic products you use every day. It is a proven, effective technology that offers maximum cost-effectiveness for large projects. Injection molding uses a metal mold to shape molten plastic into a finished product. You can read more about plastic injection molding here.
Blow molding – Blow molding creates thin-walled, hollow products, such as bottles and jugs. Molten plastic is inflated, much like a balloon, inside a metal mold. It is then rapidly cooled and ejected from the mold.
Thermoforming – Thermoforming is a process by which heated, pliable plastic is stretched over a 3d object and formed into shape. It can be used to create cups, lids, and various types of clamshell packaging.
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Steps to mass producing your plastic product using injection molding
Step 1. Concept – Have a clear understanding of what your product is and what purpose it will serve. This stage requires you to perform your due diligence, ensuring that there is a market for your product and that you understand the risks and costs associated with creating a new product.
Step 2. Modeling – So You’ve thought of a fantastic new product. You even wrote a business plan. Now it’s time to create the design that will serve as a blueprint for your future product. A computer-assisted design, or CAD, is a three-dimensional model of your product that will allow you to finalize your design, spot problem areas, and begin the production process.
Step 3. Prototyping – The CAD is essential, but you’ll need to create some prototypes to be genuinely prepared for mass production. Bringing your design into the real world will allow you to check for structural stability, physical appearance, functionality, and a whole host of other things that a digital design can’t provide.
Step 4. Testing – Create a limited run of your product before launching into full-blown production. This will allow you to gauge the effectiveness of your creation further while giving you valuable feedback. Your initial production run lets you test key performance indicators while limiting risk in the long run.
Step 5. Mass Production – All of your hard work culminates in this. After testing, you’ll have a more accurate idea of the kind of production run you’ll need to meet your needs, as well as any assembly or finishing your product requires. At this point, you can be more confident in moving forward with your investment, as you’ve already seen how your product does in the real world.
How Rex Plastics can help you from prototype to mass production
Mass production can be a frightening experience. With a partner like Rex Plastics at your side, you can rest easy knowing that your project is in good hands. Rex Plastics’ decades of experience make us the trusted choice for all your plastic production needs. So if you have questions about mass production or plastic injection molding, don’t hesitate, drop us a line today.