7 Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Injection Molding

Plastic injection molding is an extremely versatile method of producing plastic parts and has multiple advantages over other methods of plastic molding. Not only is the process simpler and more reliable than others methods, but it is also extremely efficient. Both of these are primary reasons why it has become a standard process in virtually every industry demanding high-volume components and parts. 

After 62 plus years of experience in the industry, we have heard virtually every question a customer could ask. To help you make an informed decision on your plastic injection molding project, we’ve outlined some of the most common questions – and their answers from our previous blog articles– below. 

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The Evolution of Moldmaking

As we've progressed from revolutionary inventions such as the light bulb on to the telecommunications age of the radio, phones, and televisions, the methods of manufacturing and product design have evolved as well. Computers, the internet, sustainable power, and everything that comes next is the driving force behind the advances in modern moldmaking in manufacturing. To understand where we are going, however, we must look at how we got here.  

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The Top 8 Most-Read Plastic Injection Molding Posts of 2018

With 2019 on the horizon, you're probably already caught up in the frenzy of planning for the upcoming holidays. Before we say goodbye to 2018, let’s take a moment to look back at our most-read blog posts from the past year.  We had a busy, exciting year creating articles with the goal of helping individuals and businesses become better informed about plastic injection molding and American manufacturing. 

As we look towards 2019, if there are topics you'd like us to write about, please let us know by using our comments section below. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and as always thank you for subscribing!

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Hydraulic, Electric, and Hybrid Plastic Injection Molding: Which Process is Right for You?

Design engineers have various options when choosing a plastic injection molding process to best suit their specific application. Each of the three primary methods — hydraulic, electric, and hybrid — feature unique benefits and drawbacks. To make the right selection for your project, it’s important to have a full understanding of how these methods differ and what they can offer you.

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10 Must-Ask Questions for Choosing an Injection Molder

How often do you source an injection molder?  If you are like most companies and project managers, not very often. The good news is, once you have selected an injection molder to work with you are likely to stay with them for a long time as long as they keep producing quality plastic parts. 

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Plastic Injection Molding 101 - Determining the Cost of a Mold

One of the most common questions for those looking to source a plastic injection molder is “How much will a plastic injection mold cost?” It's one of the most important questions, since the actual mold represents the most significant expense in upfront production costs. That being said, many factors go into determining the full cost.  With any custom injection molding project, your injection molder should be able to give you the final price tag. In this article, we will review the variables that can impact the cost so that you can be better informed when making a mold purchasing decision. 

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Injection Molds 101: Cold Runner vs. Hot Runner Molds

Ever since its introduction in the late 19th century, plastic injection molding has revolutionized the way we create plastic products. Although the technology has evolved significantly over the years, many injection molds today still fall into two main categories: hot runner and cold runner systems. Each of these systems has their own benefits and limitations which make them better suited for specific applications.

Understanding the differences between these technologies can help you have a more productive and informed discussion with your plastic injection specialist to determine the most feasible option for your unique application.

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3 Industries That Benefit From Plastic Injection Molding

Custom plastic injection molding of close-tolerance, small parts is an ideal solution for many industries that are looking to produce a high volume of precision quality parts. 

Injection molding is by far the most versatile of all molding techniques. The presses used in this process vary in size and are rated based on pressure or tonnage. Larger machines can injection mold car parts. Smaller machines can produce very precise plastic parts for surgical applications. In addition, there are many types of plastic resins and additives that can be used in the injection molding process, increasing its flexibility for designers and engineers.

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7 Benefits of Manufacturing in the United States

When looking for a manufacturer that will provide you with quality, savings, and a quick turnaround, it’s essential to consider the location of your facility. While many companies are moving overseas in search of cheaper production and labor costs, it often pays to keep your company based right here in the United States. In fact, there are numerous benefits to choosing a manufacturer based in the United States over those found abroad––, especially in the long run.  Below, we discuss seven of the main advantages.

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