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Undercut Part Design for Injection Molding

2021-08-06T15:40:15+00:00August 30, 2019|

Undercuts are part features that can complicate the ejection of injection molded parts. Examples of these protrusions and indentations include locking tabs, slots for switches, and screw threads. When a straight-pull mold is released, undercuts can interfere with the separation of the core and cavity. An injection molder can use additional tooling to facilitate [...]

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Design for Manufacturing in Injection Molding

2021-08-06T15:10:47+00:00August 13, 2019|

Design for manufacturing (DFM) in injection molding is about optimizing the design of a molded part so that it’s easy to make, cost-effective to produce, and meets your application requirements. DFM encompasses material selection, mold design, and process optimization but also accounts for quality, reliability, safety, time-to-market, compliance, and assembly. Known also as design [...]

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Silicone Overmolding Secrets

2021-08-06T15:02:31+00:00July 31, 2019|

Silicone overmolding is an injection molding process that molds silicone over, under, or through a substrate material to complete the final part. By allowing product designers to combine the best of two materials, this manufacturing process supports variations in durometer and rigidity. For example, a soft silicone rubber can be molded over a handle [...]

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Medical Injection Molding with FDA and USP Class VI Silicones

2021-08-06T14:56:43+00:00July 24, 2019|

Medical injection molding produces quality components with reliable part-to-part consistency across high volumes. Although injection molded plastics are used in some healthcare applications, injected molded silicones are used in many medical products. Examples include medical tubes and valves, the external jacketing on medical cables, surgical tools, patient monitoring systems, and wearables. Not all silicones are [...]

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LSR Injection Molding vs. HCR Injection Molding

2021-08-04T18:17:21+00:00June 28, 2019|

Liquid silicone rubber (LSR) and high consistency rubber (HCR) both support injection molding. They have similar physical properties but very different processing requirements. By understanding how LSR injection molding and HCR injection molding work, designers can specify the best manufacturing method for their silicone parts and products. What is LSR Injection Molding? LSR injection molding [...]

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Pet Product Manufacturing: Made in USA from Safe Molding Materials

2021-08-06T14:51:55+00:00June 20, 2019|

Pet product manufacturing that’s Made in the USA from safe materials provides pet companies with a competitive advantage. According to a recent report, more than 60% of dog and cat owners say they’re concerned about the safety of the products they buy for their animals. That’s a lot of purchasing power in an industry that [...]

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From Prototype to Production with Injection Molding

2021-08-06T14:27:33+00:00May 17, 2019|

Taking an idea from prototype to production requires planning, documentation, and communication. Injection molding, like other manufacturing processes, requires specific types of information. If you don’t know what’s required, you won’t be able to provide what an injection molder needs. Even then, your manufacturing journey doesn’t end there. There are go/no-go decisions to make [...]

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Silicones vs. TPEs for Wearable Technology

2021-08-06T13:49:09+00:00April 30, 2019|

Wearable technology requires clean, safe materials for direct or indirect contact with the human body. Fitness trackers that wrap around the wrist, heart monitors that strap across the chest, and smart clothing or jewelry all need biocompatible materials that won’t irritate the skin, stain clothing, or expose the wearer to toxins. Wearable technology that [...]

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Silicones vs. TPEs for Infant Care Products

2021-08-06T13:36:15+00:00April 15, 2019|

Designers of infant care products need safe, clean materials with the right performance properties and processing capabilities. Silicones, a group of synthetic elastomers, are used in baby care products such as pacifiers, baby bottle nipples , feeding sets, sippy tops, seals, and bottle liners. Silicones that meet FDA and USP Class VI requirements for [...]