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Plastic Product Manufacturing – The Importance of Thermoplastic Materials

Plastic Product Manufacturing
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When it comes to plastic prototype development or plastic product manufacturing, it is useful to understand which material to use. Typically, there are two types of plastic materials: thermoplastic and thermosetting resin.

Thermoplastic materials are those that can be melted and cured (hardening the polymer material) again and again. There is, of course, a limit to the number of times such melting and curing process can be repeated, depending on the type of thermoplastic material. The point, however, is that such thermoplastic materials can be melted a number of times without degrading the material.

Thermosetting materials, on the other hand, are those that can be melted and shaped only once. After a thermosetting material is cured, trying to melt it again would cause the material to burn, rather than melt. Think of a 2-part epoxy to understand a thermosetting material. Before mixing with the hardener, the epoxy resin is in the liquid state. Once the resin is mixed and dried, it is not possible to heat and melt it again.

When it comes to plastic injection molding, it is easy to misjudge the importance of thermoplastic and thermosetting materials. By the way, both thermoplastic and thermosetting materials can be injection molded. The major difference, when using a thermoplastic or thermosetting material, applies after the injection molding cycle when the molded plastic solidifies. During the molding process, plastic is heated and injected into a metal mold. To get to the cavity of the metal mold, however, the molten plastic first needs to pass through an array of entry points and tunnels known as sprues, runners, and gates. The plastic cools within the mold cavity as well as inside the channels that lead to the mold cavity. The plastic that solidifies inside the channels is not the component or part of the final product. It is just a waste.

Now, what happens to the “waste” during plastic injection molding?

Thermoplastic Materials

If a thermoplastic material were used for injection molding, the waste could be recycled and used again. The solid plastic left within the sprues, runners and gates can be combined with the raw material that goes into the injection molding machine. The same thing can happen with the material from rejected plastic parts. All the waste plastic can be collected and recycled back to the onset of the process. This all sums up into higher efficiency, and eventually means, lower costs of the final product and better margin for the producer.

Thermosetting Materials

If a thermosetting material were used for injection molding, the solid plastic from the sprues, runners, and gates is simply a waste, which has no practical use whatsoever. This means that the cost of the final product will be more.

To conclude, thermoplastic materials offer some major benefits to plastic product manufacturers, consumers, and even the society, as such materials are recyclable. Indeed, when it comes to plastic prototype development or plastic product manufacturing, the manufacturer should choose and use thermoplastic materials.

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Plastic & Metal Product Manufacturing Processes

Plastic Product Manufacturing
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One important aspect that every industrial designer and mechanical engineer should consider is the selection of the right product manufacturing process. For product development, there are many manufacturing processes that engineers can utilize; however, choosing the right one can greatly affect the cost of manufacturing as well as the success of the final product. Here is a brief on some of the most common plastic product manufacturing and metal product manufacturing processes.

Plastic Product Manufacturing Processes

For the sake of this discussion, let us assume that you need to make at least 10,000 parts. For less quantity, rapid prototyping or 3D printing processes are more appropriate and economical.

Here are some plastic manufacturing processes that plastic product manufacturers commonly utilize to mass produce plastic parts and components.

  1. Injection Molding: Plastic injection molding is the most preferred process that produces parts and components with the lowest cost per part. The process is ideal for moderately-sized production runs. The production tooling cost is a bit of concern, especially if you do not have a definitive mold for the plastic part. Nevertheless, you can use aluminum molds until you get the definitive mold design. Once you have the definitive mold design, you can shift to stainless steel molds, which are durable and suitable for a high-volume production.
  2. CNC Machining: Computer numerical control machining or just CNC machining is the process in which computers play a big role in controlling the CNC machines like mills, plasma cutters, drills, etc. CNC machining is an ideal process to employ for small-sized production runs for small parts. The process allows precision and good surface finish too. The drawback of CNC machining is the high costs. Nevertheless, CNC machining offers automation, which eliminates manual labor and errors caused by manual laborers.
  3. Rotational Molding: Rotational molding is an appropriate plastic product manufacturing process to produce soft, rubbery parts. Both simple and complex parts can be produced using rotational molding. It also helps produce several pieces of a single part, which can then be assembled together. This eliminates overall fabrication costs. Rotational molding also eliminates significant wastage of material. The drawback of this process is it does not facilitate precision. And just like plastic injection molding, the production tooling cost is a concern.
  4. Thermoforming: Thermoforming is a suitable process to manufacture large plastic parts. The production tooling cost is lower than other plastic product manufacturing processes. The production time is also lower. The disadvantage of thermoforming is that it does not offer precision. Intricate shapes and good surface finish are also hard to achieve with thermoforming.

Metal Product Manufacturing Processes

Metal product manufacturing is more expensive than plastic product manufacturing because metals are more costly than plastic materials. It is possible to rapid prototype or 3D print some metal parts, but it will prove uneconomical.

Here are some metal manufacturing processes that product manufacturers commonly utilize to mass produce metal parts and components.

  1. CNC Machining: Aside from the plastic parts, with CNC machining, it is possible to produce metal parts. Thanks to computers, playing a role in controlling CNC machines, the process is appropriate for making complex parts. Precision is easy to achieve with CNC machining. The drawback of CNC machining is the high costs, even for producing small parts.
  2. Die Casting: Die casting is a suitable metal product manufacturing process to produce metal parts with high dimensional accuracy and smooth surface finish. The process facilitates rapid production rates. The per part cost is also lower than other metal manufacturing processes. The drawback, however, is the high production tooling cost – perhaps it has the highest tooling cost.
  3. Investment Casting: One of the oldest processes, investment casting is appropriate to manufacture complex parts with a very smooth surface. The process also offers exceptional dimensional accuracy. The drawback, aside from the cost, is the long production-cycle times. For high-volume manufacturing, the process could prove to be expensive and infeasible.
  4. Sand Casting: Sand casting is one of the most popular processes to produce small and complex metal parts. Instead of metal molds, this process utilizes sand molds. This substantially reduces the cost. With sand casting, it is possible to achieve high dimensional accuracy. The process is suitable for low to medium production runs, but for high volumes, it will prove to be infeasible.

Aside from these processes, there are many other plastic product manufacturing processes and metal product manufacturing processes. Choosing the right one will affect the cost of manufacturing and the success of the final product.

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Benefits of Plastic Injection Molding

Benefits of Plastic Injection Molding
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Partnering with a plastic product manufacturer is a good idea. Partnering with a plastic product manufacturer who specializes in the plastic injection molding process is even a better idea! Plastic injection molding is a remarkably versatile procedure of manufacturing new products and their parts. Most plastic product manufacturers utilize this procedure because it has multiple benefits over other procedures of plastic molding. Plastic injection molding is not only simpler and reliable, but it is also exceptionally efficient. For new product development, utilizing this procedure is worth considering.

Here are the benefits of using plastic injection molding for manufacturing new products and their parts or components:

Design Flexibility

The injection molding process involves high-pressure injection or thrust of raw material, i.e., plastic, metal, rubber, etc. into a mold. Due to the high pressure, the material is pressed harder into the mold. Because the material is pressed harder, it is possible to add considerable details in the design of a part or product.

The high-pressure injection that this process utilizes also enables the creation of complex and tricky shapes. The other methods would fail or prove inefficient and too expensive to create complex-shaped parts or products. Therefore, compared to all other molding methods, plastic injection molding offers better design flexibility.

Efficiency

Once the precise mold has been designed as per the required specification and the injection molding machine set, the actual molding process is swift in contrast to other molding methods. Owing to its swiftness, more parts or components can be manufactured, in less time. This aspect of plastic injection molding makes it a cost-effective and highly efficient option for manufacturing plastic parts and components.

Strength Enhancement

Plastic injection molding allows the use of different fillers in the mold. These fillers, which could be silica, calcium carbonate, clay, glass, mica, alumina trihydrate, or any other minerals, can increase the stiffness and hardness as well as strength and heat resistance of the plastic parts. Other molding methods would not allow the use of such fillers; hence, when there is a need for strong and durable plastic parts, plastic injection molding offers a viable option.

Allows the Simultaneous Use of Different Plastic Types

One remarkable benefit of using plastic injection molding for making parts and components is the ability to use different thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers concurrently. This is possible through co-injection technology. Using different types of polymers together reduces the material cost. It also helps alter the density, elasticity as well as color, texture and mechanical properties of the plastic parts.

Automated Manufacturing

The process of plastic injection molding is automated. Most of the plastic injection molding processes are carried out by machines and even robots. This eliminates manual labor involvement, and so, significantly reduces mass manufacturing costs. Automated manufacturing also reduces inaccuracies; hence, the waste is reduced, and the quality products are manufactured.

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The Importance of New Product Design – Manufacturing Cost Perspective

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Introducing a new product into the market is a dream come true for every inventor. Introducing a new product, however, is not easy. While conceiving an idea and outlining it on a piece of paper might be simple, creating a new product from that idea is certainly a challenging task. New product development involves the creation of a constructive new product design, development of alpha and beta prototypes, testing of the prototypes, development of production tooling, mass-manufacturing of the new product, distribution of the new product, and many other crucial processes in between. Each new product development stage is vital, but in this blog, we will shed some light on new product design.

Like every other stage involved in new product development, the stage of new product design is very important. Because it comes in the early stages of new product development, understanding the product design stage demands a bit more attention. Besides, since it is one of the primary stages of new product development, the entire outcome depends on it; hence, more care is needed during this stage – the product design stage.

The success of any product heavily relies on its product design. Product design by definition can be said as, “a process of defining and creating constructive designs for a product, so as to ensure that the new product becomes successful in the market.” New product design addresses numerous things, however. For one, during the product design stage itself, the inventor can get a clear idea whether or not it is possible or feasible to create the new product. Another crucial thing the product design addresses to is the cost of manufacturing the conceived product. Most inventors, often overlook this “new product design and cost of manufacturing” aspect. In fact, some inventors do not even know what the effects of new product design are on the cost of manufacturing the final product.

Product design is not only defining and creating alluring designs for the new product, but it is also about crafting practical, functional, and cost-effective designs for the new product. Aspects such as, how many parts the new product will have, how compact or large the parts will be, what material(s) the parts will be made of, what process will be used in the production of those parts, and many others are also included in product design. After numerous brainstorming sessions, computer analysis results and mock-ups, a perfect new product design, or at least, a near-perfect new product design for a product is realized, which is beautiful, practical, functional, and most importantly, the one that facilitates economical mass-manufacturing.

Developing an efficient new product design is indeed an overwhelming task, and it might be impossible for inventors to develop such efficient designs on their own. Fortunately, there are professional product design companies, like the GID Development Corporation, that specifically deal with creating sensible new product designs and helping inventors develop successful new products at economical costs.

GID Development Corporation, an eminent new product design company in California, USA, has the experience, knowledge, tools and a team that help inventors with constructive product designs for their new product ideas. Utilizing cutting-edge technologies, like 3D EXPERIENCE Platform from Dassault Systèmes, which includes SOLIDWORKS, CATIA V6, and other apps, and their decades of experience, the veterans at GID Development Corporation create definitive product designs that are neat and functional as well as feasible and economical to mass-manufacture. Whether it is creating an efficient product design for electromechanical products, medical device products, products with imbedded software, products with electronics, or any other generic or special-purpose products, GID Development Corporation will “Get It Done!”

Some of the product design principles that GID Development Corporation follows include:

  1. Derive visually-appealing product design that is error-proof to assemble and easy to mass-manufacture with shortened product development cycle time
    • Determine and select cost-effective material(s) and production process
    • Attain a knowledge base of tooling requirements
    • Develop efficient production tooling
  2. Create a modular product design with minimized parts count
  3. Design parts with self-locating features
  4. Design parts with self-fastening features
  5. Emphasize “Top-Down” assemblies
  6. Design for a base part to locate other components
  7. Design for component symmetry for insertion

Adhering to all the above product design principles, and other ubiquitous as well as unique design principles, GID Development Corporation creates exceptional new product designs, which facilitate economical mass-manufacturing.

Along with new product design, GID Development Corporation also helps inventors with new product development, product prototype development, product prototype testing, product pre-tooling development, product mass-manufacturing, product branding, product distribution and many other product fulfillment services.

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Why Injection Molding Method is the Best Process for Plastic Product Manufacturing

Why Injection Molding Method is the Best Process for Plastic Product Manufacturing
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According to Plastic product manufacturers across the globe, injection molding is the best and the most reliable method for plastic product manufacturing. It helps the product development company to develop new plastic products with 100% accuracy, obeying all the industry standards. When experienced professionals in a plastic product manufacturing company apply their knowledge in high quality injection molding process, business comes up with the best quality products that continue to move forward, yielding constant profit.

Plastic Injection Molding Method

Plastic product manufacturing is a vast industry, and the injection molding is considered as the simplest product manufacturing process. The method of injection molding begins with the plastic pellets that are prepared from a blend of inorganic polymers, along with additives to help the melting process. In a hopper, these small pellets are then mixed with thousands of other pellet particles. This first step initiates the voyage of creating products from a pellet, followed by the next step that is the preparation of plastic.

After several complicated stages, when the molten plastic is ejected into the mold, the pressure on the mold as well as on the liquid plastic is maintained until the subsequent condenses to a desired solid state. Cooling agents are used to boost the process of condensation. By the time the mold is condensed, a giant rotating screw (used for melting the pellets) comes to its original position, collecting the next batch of pellets from the hopper. Once the liquid plastic is condensed, the newly developed product is casted-out from the mold and forwarded for secondary processes such as decoration, sub-assembly, or delivery.

Rewards of Injection Molding Method

There are several plastic product manufacturing processes; however, injection molding is acclaimed as the best and an affordable manufacturing process. Here are the rewards a business can enjoy, if it employs injection molding for manufacturing new plastic products, and they are as follows:

  1. It allows easy manufacturing plastic products with intricate and complex shapes.
  2. It allows rapid development of new plastic products compared to other manufacturing methods.
  3. The mold used for manufacturing custom plastic products is made of metal; hence, it has long life and can be used for manufacturing the same products in the future.
  4. You can easily manufacture products in different colors
  5. Low manufacturing cost; hence, either small or large, every business can afford it.
  6. Low manufacturing cost means, low overall price of a newly developed product
  7. Low environmental waste.

If you are an entrepreneur, planning to develop products made from plastic for your targeted customers, then prefer injection molding method because it enables instant manufacturing of custom plastic products in different colors and shapes. It not only helps in saving time and money, but also allows the manufacturing of high-quality plastic products with 100% accuracy.

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