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What Is Prototype Tooling?

Jan 11, 2023

Prototype tooling is a way of creating a prototype from a design or three-dimensional (3D) model; in many regards, it is the same as regular tooling. Traditional tooling techniques usually are used with prototype tooling, but 3D printing also can be used to form the prototype for some needs. While this is similar to regular tooling, there are differences in how the prototype is put together and its overall functionality. The tooling company is producing a small number of copies, so the per-copy rate is much higher than with regular tooling. Tooling is a method of working with materials in... Read More

What is Coinjection?

Jan 09, 2023

Coinjection is an injection molding process in which different polymers are injected into the same mold to produce a specific effect. In many cases, the desired effects include changing the physical properties of the polymers or reducing production costs. This process is also known as sandwich molding. There are two types of coinjection processes: machine based and mold based. Each type offers its own specific advantages and applications. Machine based coinjection requires the use of two or more processing units. This is considered a cold-runner process. The molten plastic of each processing unit is forced through a manifold where it... Read More

What Are the Different Types of Prototype Tools?

Jan 04, 2023

There are many different types of prototype tools available for those hoping to construct their ideal prototypes. These range from the common to the complex, the everyday to the specialized. A person building a garage-type invention, for example, may use prototype tools consisting of a hammer, nails, screw driver, and so on. More complex inventions might require sophisticated technology or large machinery. Above and beyond the mechanical side of things is another possible interpretation of prototype tools. The technological boom has created a new range of software and technology products that also need to be prototyped. Sometimes, the tools used... Read More

WHAT IS INJECTION MOULDING? – DEFINITION, TYPES AND MATERIALS

Jan 02, 2023

Injection moulding is a manufacturing process that allows for parts to be produced in large volumes. It works by injecting molten materials into a mould (or ‘mold’ in the United States). It is typically used as a mass production process to manufacture thousands of identical items. Injection moulding materials include metals, glasses, elastomers and confections, although it is most commonly used with thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers. How does it Work? The first stage of injection moulding is to create the mould itself. Most moulds are made from metal, usually aluminium or steel, and precision machined to match the features of... Read More

What is Injection Tooling?

Dec 14, 2022

In injecting molding processes, injection tooling consists of the metal mold and fixtures into which a material, such plastic, rubber or metal, is injected to produce parts. This tooling allows parts to be mass-produced at a relatively inexpensive per part cost. These parts are used in many industries, such as automotive, healthcare, and consumer goods. A bottle cap is an example of a part created from injection molded plastics. Injecting tooling is complicated and expensive to make. Custom injection molding and tooling is designed and built by skilled workers. When designing the tooling, elements such as the part’s material thickness,... Read More

What is Thermoplastic Injection Molding?

Dec 12, 2022

Thermoplastic injection molding is a process used in manufacturing to create a variety of parts and components for industries ranging from aerospace to automotive to construction. Thermoplastics, such as phenolic and epoxy, are heated into a molten resin and then injected into a mold that’s usually made from aluminum, steel or a metal alloy. The molten plastic then gets compressed inside the mold and allowed to cool. Machines remove the plastic component or piece from the mold, and this hardened part can then be used to construct a larger product, such as a child’s toy or an automobile door. The... Read More

What is the Molding Pressure?

Dec 07, 2022

Molding pressure typically refers to a measurement of force within an injection molding machine. In injection molding, plastic resins are melted and pushed into a steel or aluminum mold, fabricating small plastic parts. The mold pressure determines with what force the melted resin is forced through the machine and injected into the awaiting mold. Solid plastic objects can be fabricated using a process called injection molding. An injection molding machine begins with a large hopper into which small plastic pellets, called resin, are loaded. The pellets are then heated to a certain temperature and melted. Inside the machine, molding pressure... Read More

4 TYPES OF PROTOTYPING

Dec 05, 2022

We take software prototyping seriously. Prototyping—in particular, rapid prototyping—is the best way to make sure we, as AndPlus developers, understand what our customers expect the software to do and how it will perform in supporting their business processes. Prototyping in software development is the process of building a simulated user interface for purposes of ideation, evaluation, and user feedback. Modern software prototypes are interactive. They mimic as closely as possible the actual behavior of the software. A prototype enables our developers and designers to show our understanding of the customer’s requirements. If our interpretation of the requirements is off by... Read More

A review of the rapid prototyping industry

Nov 16, 2022

Thanks to technological advancements, the rapid prototyping industry has seen stunning amounts of growth over the last ten years. This booming market is worth millions of dollars and is responsible for a major revolution in the way that associated manufacturers design and create new parts. Quick Insights The rapid prototyping market accounts for material suppliers, manufacturers and distributors, and the engineers and designers who rely on these products. Rapid prototyping technologies include 3D printing, CNC machining, and other on-demand manufacturing methods. The rapid prototyping market has had an average yearly growth of 27% since 2015. The 2020 value of the... Read More

What is Injection Molding?

Nov 09, 2022

Injection molding is a process of shaping plastic by melting it and injecting it into a predesigned mold. The process was first designed in the 1930s and was originally based on metal die casting designs. It offers many advantages to alternative manufacturing methods, including minimal losses from scrap (since scrap pieces can be melted and recycled), and minimal finishing requirements. This process differs from metal die casting in that molten metals can simply be poured; plastic resins must be injected with force. The process uses large injection molding machines, which advance the resins through six major processes to produce everything... Read More

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