Impact and Effects of Tooling on Injection Molding

Posted by Kevin Allison on Apr 01, 2020

In all areas of manufacturing, success comes from paying attention to the details. In injection molding, one of those key details is precise, high-quality, well-designed tooling. The injection mold tool is the mold or die into which material is injected to form parts during the molding process. The impact of tools on injection molding cannot be understated. Tooling is a major investment that accounts for a large portion of a project’s budget and must be precise in order to guarantee high-quality output.

In this post, we’ll consider the aspects of injection molding tool design, how to ensure that tools are manufactured correctly and why they are so important.

Injection Molding Tool Design

While tool design is a key component of injection molding, there are numerous smaller details that go into the design. They all add up to the effectiveness of the molding process in producing quality parts. Below, we’ll look at each aspect of tool design and the role it plays.

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Topics: injection molded tooling

Overmolding vs. Insert Molding

Posted by Kurt Anderson on Jun 06, 2019

There are various types of plastic injection molding methods and OEMs may wonder which technique is best for a given molding project. The answer is that it depends on the components being produced. This is why it is important for OEMs to have a good understanding of the different molding methods in order to select the best technique for a particular application. Additionally, it is advantageous for OEMs to leverage the expertise of an injection molding partner, such as Crescent, that has experience in a myriad of injection molding techniques including overmolding and insert molding – two common molding processes that are often confused.

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Topics: plastic injection molding, injection molded tooling, insert molding

Benefits of In-House Tooling Capabilities

Posted by Kevin Allison on May 23, 2019

Tooling is a critical aspect of plastic injection molding. It is a big initial investment and needs designed and built properly in order to meet the part specifications during production. Additionally, if the tooling is not correct, modifications are costly and time-consuming! For these reasons, OEMs must carefully select their tooling supplier!

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Topics: injection molded tooling, Tooling Capabilities

Benefits of a Value-Add Supplier

Posted by Kevin Allison on Mar 27, 2019

Supply chain professionals are typically focused on creating a supply chain of trustworthy sources that can meet their product needs, but how can they get more than just a simple “shoot and ship” from their plastics supply chain? Injection molding suppliers have the opportunity to provide a significant value to their customers if they expand their capabilities to more than only injection molding. 

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Topics: injection molding, injection molded tooling

Using Mold Flow Simulation for Injection Molded Parts

Posted by Kevin Allison on Jan 23, 2019

If you’re designing a plastic part, there are a lot of considerations to think about from a manufacturability standpoint. Having Mold Flow simulation software watching your back ensures your original design has the best practices in mind. From simple flow simulations to complex quality predicting, warp analysis, fill analysis, weld lines, pressure, temperature and gate location, utilizing some type of mold flow simulation will save you a lot of time in your product development process.

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Topics: custom injection molding, injection molded tooling, medical injection molding

Benefits of Automation in Medical Injection Molding

Posted by Kevin Allison on Dec 19, 2018

(Updated June 2019)

Increased speed, increased repeatability and increased efficiencies…are those the only benefits behind automation? While just those three should be enough to justify the leap into heavily implementing automation into a medical injection molding process, there’s more to it than just a financial investment. The mindset of the team has to shift into an adaptation of technology to assist, not replace and the project must justify the investment.

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Topics: injection molded tooling