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One of the fastest growing injection molding market segments is medical.  This is a coveted market by many because it seems to be relatively isolated from economic downturns.  One of the biggest tickets to entry for this market is cleanroom molding.  But many ask “What is cleanroom molding and what does that mean?”Let’s start with [...]

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is the third most widely used thermoplastic behind Polyethylene and Polypropylene.  A large majority of the PVC is used for construction goods because it is inexpensive, durable and easy to use.  It also can be manufactured in both hard and softer durometers which enables it to be very versatile. Now that we see [...]

Plastics News had a great article in April on the use of aluminum injection molds for the automotive industry.  As the automotive industry goes through a major correction, it is forcing them to think differently about how they manufacture parts.  Honda of America is being very progressive in their thinking. Never before has an automotive manufacturing [...]

Recently, the use of Ultem material was made available to the engineering community through the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) additive manufacturing process.  This is a big step for product development because it starts to break down barriers many people have regarding the use of rapid prototyping before purchasing injection molds. The use of rapid prototyping to confirm designs [...]

As product life cycles shrink, it is starting to change the way people view injection mold tooling and parts.  In the past, aluminum molds were used primarily for prototype tooling and only a so called “fool” would use them for production.  Now, that is changing and changing fast.  With life cycles shrinking and the focus [...]