Top 10 Plastic Injection Molding Posts of 2016

Happy holidays! Its hard to believe that 2016 is coming to end.  We've had a busy, exciting year creating content with the goal of helping individuals and companies become better informed about plastic injection molding and U.S. manufacturing.  With more than 50 articles in 2016, we covered a lot of territory.

Below we highlight our favorite articles as well as those that got the greatest response from our readers.  We hope you find these helpful, informational and (somewhat) entertaining.  As we look towards 2017, if there are topics or issues you'd like us to cover, please let us know by using our comments section below. We always enjoy hearing from our readers. 

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Understanding Plastic Injection Molding Volumes

With over 16,000 injection molding and plastic manufacturing facilities in the United States, there is no shortage of companies to choose from. When choosing a provider, many factors should be taken into consideration, including capabilities, quality assurance, cost, company reputation, and delivery time. Finding the right plastic injection molder to fit your needs may seem daunting, but determining your volume requirements first and foremost — and how they may shift over time — will help narrow down your options.

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5 questions to answer for an injection molding quote

The world is full of creative people with creative ideas. Crowd sourcing websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo can help entrepreneurs refine their products and raise capital. But what happens when these designers and engineers want to take their ideas to market?  They need to determine the processes required to manufacturer their invention. Even the largest companies with a wide range of resources might not truly understand about the injection molding process and how important it is that a part be designed for manufacturability

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How Your Business Will Benefit From a Turnkey Manufacturer

What Exactly is Turnkey Manufacturing?

Turnkey manufacturing is a full-service manufacturing process in which one company sees through all aspects of a client’s project — from design to tooling to quality control to packing and shipping, leaving the customer with a finished, ready-to-use product.

There are numerous benefits to turnkey manufacturing, from cost savings to streamlined communication. Below, we’ll explore some of these advantages.

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6 Resources to Help Navigate the World of Plastic Injection Molding

Anyone who is involved in the world of plastic injection molding knows that it can often be a complex and confusing process. With over 60 years of experience and expertise in the industry, The Rodon Group has developed several eBooks and white paper on our website for those looking to expand their knowledge of this manufacturing process. 

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Key Terms to Know Regarding Plastic Injection Molding

Plastic injection molding has a language all it’s own and with so many unique terms it can be difficult to learn the language. We put together a list of the top terms to know when discussing plastic injection molding, mold parts, materials, and problems. We hope you find this to be a useful resource.

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6 Common Injection Molding Defects and How To Avoid Them

When working with any manufacturing process, a number of defects unique to that process commonly occur. This is true across many processes and industries, including injection molding and high volume injection molding.

As we have previously discussed on this blog, there are several common injecting molding defects; however, an injection molder who is vigilant about quality, like our team at The Rodon Group, will be able to manage these injection molding defects, minimizing or eliminating them all together.

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Injection Molding vs 3D Printing

Earlier last year, we discussed 3D printing. Though it has been around for quite a while, the new printing technique has only been a player in the public consciousness for about five years.

In that time, the public’s perception of what 3D printing can do has eclipsed the process’ actual capabilities. And with more recognition come more inquiries — everybody wants to explore 3D printing as an option for their next project, and are eager  to want to move on from more traditional methods, such as injection molding.

3D Printing and Injection Molding

The two processes are similar — they both primarily produce parts and components from plastic, and they are both capable of high degrees of geometric complexity. However, there are important differences as well.

One of the more appealing aspects of 3D printing is the absence of steep initial costs. Because of its need for specially tooled dies, the creation of which is an expensive process, injection molding requires considerable initial costs. Though imposing at first, these startup costs are amortized over the lifespan of the die and the production run — in high volume injection molding projects, the startup costs are amortized over more individual parts, leading to a relatively low per-part cost.

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Why Consider Outsourcing Your Plastic Injection Molding

Manufacturing plastic injection molded components in-house as part of an end product can prove to be a major challenge from an efficiency, quality and cost perspective. Over the years, Rodon has garnered many of our largest customers who were doing their best to manufacture their injection molded components in-house but found the process to be problematic and inefficient.

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