09 Nov Injection molding in increments: from idea to full-fledged product
Injection molding is a complex production technique.
And although a injection molding cycle can run quickly, this technique consists of quite a few steps. In this blog we will go into more detail about the production technology that we use daily at Orange Plastics to come from an idea sketch to a full-fledged, high-quality product.
We clarify how we convert a rough sketch into a suitable design for injection molding. After this we tell more about the production process and finally describe how the products that roll fresh from the machine are rounded and prepared for use.
The production process in increments
Injection molding is used for a wide range of plastic products. Many of the plastic products you see around them have been created in the injection molding machine.
From rough sketch to injection molding design
Are you planning to make your own injection molding product? Then the injection molder will help you transform from a rough sketch or 3D design into a design that can brought the product to life in the factory.
Your injection molder knows exactly what is and is not possible, how a product becomes sturdy or flexible and what adjustments to your product idea are needed for a high-quality plastic product. This optimization of design is essential. An imperfect cast can lead to defects such as sink marks and combustion of (parts of) your product.
From mold to assembled end product
Once the design is in state, it can be converted into molds, also called moulds. The cavities in these molds have the exact shape of your end product. Allowing liquid plastic to be injected into the mold and thus taking on the desired shape.
After testing the mold, mass production can start. The mold is placed in the injection molding machine. The machine is filled with a large amount of small plastic granules which, due to the high temperature, melt into a liquid mass. With high pressure, the plastic is pressed into the mold where it solidifies quickly. After solidification, the mold can be opened and voilà: the product is ready.
At least, if the product consists of only one component. When you produce a complex product, the individual parts are assembled after injection molding. This is done either by hand, with machine work or even in the mold itself.
It is also possible to combine different materials with plastic. For example, you can bring rubber, glass, wood or metal together with plastic in a single product. This makes injection molding the ideal production method for creating versatile, complex products. Both in terms of aesthetics and function. But certainly simple products also lend themselves to injection molding.
From factory to user
Finally, you can choose to give your product the finishing touch by coating, stickering, dyeing it and so on. There is a lot possible to perfect your product as desired.
Only when you are truly satisfied is your product packaged, shipped and distributed to the end user.