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Molding has been a part of human history since ancient times. It all started with sand casting, in which molten metal was poured into sand molds to form the desired shape. Continuous and progressive development in this discipline has evolved it into something extremely useful for manufacturing a plethora of products worldwide. One of the results of this development was "Thermoplastic Molding." Read More…

Thermoplastic Molding Molding has been a part of human history since ancient times. It all started with sand casting, in which molten metal was poured into sand molds to form the desired shape. Continuous and progressive development in this discipline has evolved it into something extremely useful for manufacturing a plethora of products worldwide. One of the results of this development was "Thermoplastic Molding."
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Denver, CO  |  303-592-9548

For 50 years, LTM Plastics has been a leading manufacturer of injection molded plastics. When working with LTM Plastics, our customers can be assured that they are getting high quality products at a competitive price. We pride ourselves on our team’s communication and collaboration with our customers to meet their needs.

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Imlay, MI  |  248-275-1978

If you are in need of injection molded plastic parts that are of consistent quality, look no further than MSI Mold! We have over 30 years of experience in design, production, and tooling of custom plastic parts.

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MSI Mold $$$

Cleveland, OH  |  440-238-3009

You won’t find better quality injection molded plastics anywhere else in the industry. We have built ourselves up from a small manufacturing company to a large company with decades of experience.

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GSH Industries, Inc. $$$

Stuart, FL  |  772-286-9278

We may have started small, but today, we offer our products and services to companies around the world. We are dedicated to our customers, and our goal is to offer better service and pricing to any customer no matter the size.

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Britech Industries $$$

Riverside, CA  |  951-354-0258

At R.M.Tool, we provide custom CNC Machining to help our customers solve some of their toughest machining needs. Our state-of-the-art CNC machining department is equipped with Milling, Turning and Wire EDM Machining Centers. We can process materials such as Steel, Stainless, Aluminum, and other Exotic Materials. We strive to always please our customers by always delivering quality products. From design to finished product, R.M.Tool is your one stop shop for all of your CNC machining needs.

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Hi-Rel Plastics & Molding $$$

Tempe, AZ  |  951-509-6918

Call Molded Devices for a fast, competitive quote on plastic molding, plastic injection molding, and medical injection molding services. A wide range of standard & proprietary caps, covers & containers plus custom components for all your needs. We are your one-stop for design consult, quick prototyping, custom formulations & secondary operations!

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Molded Devices, Inc. $$$

Valencia, CA  |  844-574-2040

Valencia Plastics is your leading full-service injection molded plastics manufacturer. Our products are made with various materials, including urethane, polyurethane, nylon, acrylic, and polycarbonate. We offer a wide range of sizes from miniature items up to 7 lbs. large parts. We are ISO 9001:2015 compliant. Industries we serve include electrical, military, automotive, aerospace, and agricultural.

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Valencia Plastics $$$
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Thermoplastic is a polymer resin composition that becomes soft when heated; when cooled, it hardens into desirable products. Thermoplastics are easy to recycle because they don't undergo any chemical property changes when heated or cooled repeatedly.

Introduction to Thermoplastic Molding

In the reversible molding process known as thermoplastic molding, plastic pellets are first melted, then pressed into a mold to take on their final shape, and finally fast-cooled to harden. With a high degree of accuracy and surface polish, thermoplastic injection molding can be utilized to make anything from cell phone cases to car door panels.

Thermoplastic molding is a faster way to make plastic than other techniques because of its extremely high production rate. This indicates that thermoplastic molding is a very economical and effective method of producing plastic, leading to it becoming the industry norm for making plastic components.

Thermoplastic Molding Vs. Thermoset Molding

Thermoplastics and thermosets are both polymer resins, but they differ when exposed to heat. Thermoplastics become soft under heat, while thermosets retain their shape. This causes significant differences between them, mainly in their applications and usage. Moreover, when these materials are used in molding methods, they exhibit differences as follows:

Thermoplastic MoldingThermoset Molding
The cold material is injected into the hot mold.The plastic is first melted and then injected.
It can't be reshaped or re-molded.It can be easily re-molded or reshaped.
This process forms a permanent chemical bond.This process is completely reversible and does not form a chemical bond.
The process does not require high heat or increased pressure.The process requires a significant amount of heat and high pressure.
Thermosets are formed by the phenomenon of condensation polymerization.Thermoplastics are formed through the phenomenon of additional polymerization.
Thermoset injection molding produces: the handles of tools, pool balls, insulation, computer parts, television parts, any electronic equipment, gardening tools, tools, sprockets, and cooking utensils.Thermoplastic injection molding produces: vacuum cleaners, toys, machine screws, gear wheels, kettles, packing film, sacks, power tool casings, toasters, gas pipes, and fittings.

Benefits of Thermoplastic Molding

Following are some of the benefits of thermoplastic molding:

  • High Efficiency: Compared to other techniques, this procedure is exceptionally quick, and the high output rate makes it even more effective and economical. The amount of time between cycles depends on the intricacy and size of the mold, but it often takes only 15 to 120 seconds.
  • Complex Part Production: Thermoplastic molding produces millions of extremely complicated pieces, nearly identical, consistent, and extremely complicated pieces.
  • Cost Efficient Method: In comparison to other methods of molding, labor expenses for thermoplastic molding are often inexpensive. Its cost-effectiveness is aided by the parts' capacity to be produced at a high level and production rate.

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