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What Is the Difference Between Small Versus Large Rear Wheels?

May 17, 2023

The role of the rear wheel is to offer stability to the wheelchair, and also the ability for the user to self propel. In order to be able to manually self propel, the user must choose the large rear wheels. This offers the user independence as they don’t need to rely on another person to get around. Typically, more active wheelchair users will opt for the larger rear wheels. If the user has someone, for example a caregiver or family, who is going to push the wheelchair from behind all the time, then a smaller rear wheel is more suitable.... Read More

What is Ceramic Injection Molding Technology (CIM)?

May 15, 2023

Ceramic Injection Molding (CIM) is a new process for preparing ceramic parts developed by combining the polymer injection molding method with the ceramic preparation process. CIM technology is similar to metal injection molding (MIM) technology. They are the main branches of powder injection molding (PIM) technology and are developed based on relatively mature polymer injection molding technology. For mass production of ceramic products with high dimensional accuracy and complex shapes, the use of ceramic powder molding is the most advantageous. The ceramic injection molding technology is to add thermoplastic resin, thermosetting resin, plasticizer, and anti-friction agent to the ceramic powder... Read More

Rotary wheel blow molding systems

May 10, 2023

Rotary wheel blow molding systems are used for the high-output production of a wide variety of plastic extrusion blow molded articles. Containers may be produced from small, single serve bottles to large containers up to 20-30 liters in volume - but wheel machines are often sized for the volume and dimensional demands of a specific container, and are typically dedicated to a narrow range of bottle sizes once built. Multiple parison machines, with high numbers of molds are capable of producing over one million bottles per day in some configurations. Rotary blow molding "wheels" are targeted to the high output... Read More

What Is a Hot Runner Mold?

May 08, 2023

What Is a Hot Runner? During the plastic injection process a “Hot Runner” ensures that the plastic passing through the runner stays molten by heating the runner. Temperatures along the entire runner, from the barrel outlet of the injection molding machine to the gate at the mold, are in a constant state of flux. By using heating rods and heating rings near the runner, a high-temperature state is maintained and the plastic in the runner is kept molten. Generally, between operation runs, it is not necessary to open the runner to take out the plastic after the machine is shut... Read More

Metal and Ceramic Injection Molding Market Size & Share to Surpass $4.9 Billion by 2028

Apr 12, 2023

The global Metal and Ceramic Injection Molding Market is valued at USD 3.1 Billion in 2021 and is projected to reach a value of USD 4.9 Billion by 2028 at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 8.2% over the forecast period 2022-2028. Metal and Ceramic Injection Molding market growth over the forecast period. Metal and Ceramic Injection Molding are frequently utilized when creating goods with enormous strength, superior surface finishes, and intricate geometries. The market is anticipated to develop during the projected period due to the rising demand for percutaneous cosmetic procedures among the world's population. Metal and Ceramic... Read More

Quick-Change Shot Sizes for Injection Molding

Apr 05, 2023

Installed on a 110-ton MD-S8000 all-electric injection molding machine, the Shot Maker will allow Niigata to change the shot sizes its running at the show from 2.75 to 4.37 to 6.53 oz. Niigata will be demonstrating the Shot Maker by molding a foldable phone holder from a family tool. The 6-cavity tool makes three different sizes of the phone holders, with two cavities forming one holder. The smallest shot size can make one holder, with the medium making four and the largest able to fill all six cavities. The tool was built to show off the both the Shot Maker... Read More

What is Vacuum Forming?

Apr 03, 2023

Thermoforming or vacuum forming is a common method of processing plastic materials, and vacuum formed products are ubiquitous in daily life. The process involves heating a plastic sheet until soft and then placing it over a mold. A vacuum then draws the soft sheet into the mold. The sheet is allowed to cool and is then removed from the mold. What is Vacuum Forming? Vacuum forming is a thermoforming process. The processing principle of vacuum forming is to heat and soften the thermoplastic plastic sheet, then stick the sheet on the mold, and vacuum the side of the coating, so... Read More

Introduction to Vacuum Forming

Mar 15, 2023

Several modern conveniences that we enjoy every day are made possible thanks to vacuum forming. Without this versatile manufacturing process, life-saving medical devices, food packaging, and automobiles might look very different. In this guide, you will find an in-depth introduction to vacuum forming, including: An overview of the vacuum forming process. How to create molds for vacuum forming. The benefits and limitations of vacuum forming. How vacuum forming is used both commercially and independently. A short case study on vacuum forming and 3D printing. What Is Vacuum Forming? Vacuum forming is a manufacturing method used to shape plastic materials. During... Read More

Introduction to Injection Molds

Mar 13, 2023

Many people do not understand what a mold is. A mold (sometimes called a mould) is a block of material with a hollowed-out cavity that has a shape cut into sides of the cavity. Liquid or pliable material is pushed into the cavity where it adopts the shape of the hollowed out section. After the liquid hardens or sets inside the mold, or the pliable material has been pressed into the shape of the mold, the item is removed from the mold. Molds are made from a variety of materials, such as metal, clay, or wood, and can be used... Read More

Guide to Thermoforming

Mar 08, 2023

Plastic comes in different sizes, types, colors, and with different material characteristics. The wide variety of plastic makes it a crucial material for manufacturers interested in producing both prototypes and end-use parts for use. Thermoforming is a manufacturing process that empowers manufacturers with a versatile solution for processing plastic sheets. In this comprehensive guide, learn about the various thermoforming processes, materials, equipment, and how you can create molds for thermoforming, including advanced processes like 3D printing. Thermoforming is a plastic manufacturing process that involves heating a plastic sheet and forming it using a mold to specific shapes. The shaped plastic... Read More

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