Both injection molding and 3D printing are additive manufacturing processes that create highly complex parts using near-identical product runs. Manufacturers can choose from a broad selection of plastics and thermoplastic materials to perform either process, but there are a few applications where injection molding or 3D printing is preferred. If you're choosing which technique to use for your organization, consider the following side-by-side comparison.
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When creating components for medical and pharmaceutical devices, manufacturers must meet extremely high standards of quality. Since medical equipment and devices directly affect the health and safety of users, parts are subject to stringent regulatory standards for material quality, precision, and traceability.
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 on 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.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate global supply chains, many businesses have begun reshoring their operations. This trend is particularly prevalent in manufacturing, although reshoring rates have started to rise throughout the industrial sector in recent weeks. In fact, the Thomas Industrial Survey for April found that 64% of manufacturers are now considering reshoring, compared to only 54% who were thinking about reshoring in March.
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.
Developed with designers, engineers, and purchasing specialists in mind, our completely revised and expanded eBook, An Introduction to Plastic Injection Molding provides a thorough understanding of plastic injection molding processes, presses, and costs. Our goal is to help our customers and followers become more knowledgeable about what goes into making a plastic part.
With hundreds of commodity and engineering resins available on today’s market, the material selection process for plastic injection molding may seem daunting at first.
At The Rodon Group, we understand the unique benefits and properties offered by different types of plastics. To help you understand your options and which kind might be the best fit for your project, our team of experienced industry professionals have put together a concise infographic on the "Top 5 Most Common Plastic Resins for Injection Molding." :
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While plastic has been used to create a vast number of consumer products, the material’s potential uses expand far beyond children’s toys or storage containers. Today, industry experts rely on plastics to create everything from automotive parts to synthetic human body parts.
Advancements in plastic injection molding technology allow manufacturers greater flexibility and sophistication in part design. At The Rodon Group, we are continually incorporating the newest technologies to remain on the cutting-edge of molding techniques in all sectors. This commitment to growth and innovation has allowed us to continue providing the highest-quality products to our customers.