Injection molded parts can be any of the following: packaging, bottle caps, automotive parts, automotive components, wire spools, combs, musical instruments, chairs, tables, containers, mechanical parts, gears, and many other plastic parts. In fact, just about any plastic part you can think of can be made from the injection molding process, making injection molded parts very diverse and versatile.
The injection molding process is a relatively simple concept, a material is heated and then injected into a mold, once the material fills the mold it is cooled and the material hardens in the shape of the mold. The mold is designed based on the final product which means that once the mold is removed, the material is in the final shape. Once the plastic shape has been removed from the mold it just needs to go through a few final finishing processes before it is complete.
Injection molded parts are only as good as their molds, this is why prototyping is commonplace when dealing with injection molded parts. Prototypes allow for the customer to see their final product before the manufacturer mass produces them. This provides the customer with the ability to redesign their mold if weaknesses or problems are seen in the prototype. Prototype injection molding helps customers receive a high quality products best fit for their applications.
As we stated before injection molded parts can be found in virtually every industries, this is why it is important to understand your application and all of the requirements that go along with it. Your application and design specifications heavily influence the type of material that is used, the design of the mold, and the overall process that is implemented to create your injection molded part.
This is why it is important to work with a trusted and experienced injection molded parts manufacturer that can provide you with technical knowledge and expert service. This ensures that you will receive a final product that fits your applications and meets your specifications. Knowing your application is the first step to receiving an injection molded part that exceeds your expectations.