Browsing Posts tagged injection molds

Here at Quickparts, we are in constant contact with engineers, mold makers, machinists, and other self-proclaimed experts of the manufacturing industry. Over the years, our molding lexicon has grown tremendously – to a “molding urban dictionary” of sorts. Listed below are some of the most common terms that frequent our ears daily. What did we [...]

Injection molding is the manufacturing process that is responsible for producing most of the plastic parts that you and I come in contact with each day. While the process is capable of producing a vast range of designs, it can take some time and therefore does not lend itself well to changes down the line. [...]

The Game Gripper is a hand-held instrument used to convert the Motorola Droid keyboard into one of the best performing gaming handsets on the market. The device fits over the phone and comes with custom buttons that align to the keyboard perfectly, dramatically enhancing the gaming experience while using the Droid handset. Hyrum Fairbanks, the [...]

Quickparts.com (www.quickparts.com) has launched a new video series starring Johnny Quickparts. He will be sharing his adventures in product development. Johnny is the star engineer in Better Be Running! Tools to Drive Design Success, an “almost” best selling book on product development and manufacturing. A video series with a common character is a very unique [...]

Ever wonder what the best gate type is for the design you are working on?  Yes, many other has wondered the same thing.  Well, there is a great site out there to help explain what the different gate types are.  It covers injection molding gate types from simple sprue gate all the way to a [...]

One of the ways that companies have been able to reduce lead times for new injection molds is to use quick change mold systems.  This typically means that there is a common mold frame that is stationary in the molding machine and the only part being constructed is the core and cavity inserts.  This system creates [...]

Draft and wall thickness are two of the most critical and overlooked fundamentals when manufacturing and designing for injection molding.DraftDraft is a design feature that involves tapering the side walls of a part to allow it to be released from the mold when the mold opens. Drafting walls in the direction of the mold helps [...]

Have you ever wondered how a screw driver is manufactured?The answer is overmolding. What is it? The overmolding process involves the use of two separate materials to form one cohesive component. There are two types of overmolding: insert and “two-shot”. Insert overmolding, the more popular process, is an injection molding process where one material (usually [...]

What do a leather wallet and a ketchup bottle cap have in common? You got it…they both implement the living hinge to bring the object to life through movement. A living hinge is a thin flexible web of material that holds two rigid plastic pieces together. The living hinge concept has been around for years [...]

Proto-duction tooling, also known as ‘Prototype-to-Production” tooling is gaining momentun in today’s manufacturing world as people look to reduce capital costs of molds. This type of tooling is production steel multi-cavity tooling, with the 1stcavity being the prototype tool. When the 1stcavity is constructed, sampled, adjusted, and approved, then the remaining cavities are built to [...]