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We explore and research various topics in regards to plastics manufacturing and tool making. If you like to learn more about this industry, check out our in-depth articles.

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Transfer Molding

Transfer molding is hybrid in its nature, as it combines the fundamentals of both injection and compression molding.

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Vacuum Casting

Vacuum casting is a good manufacturing technique to produce prototypes and is also often used in small volume production runs.

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Undercuts

Undercuts are a common design feature of many plastic parts. While it creates additional work and complexity, there are several ways to deal with it.

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Mold Texturing

Plastic parts can have all kinds of surface structures. To achieve those, the mold (steel) needs to be textured.

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Ejector Pins

Ejection is a crucial part of the injection molding process, in many cases the use of ejector pins gets the job done.

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Valve Gates

Better surface finishes and reduced gate marks in, injection molding, can be achieved with a valve gate system.

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Injection Molding Tolerances

Molding tolerances play a crucial role in the use and acceptance of plastic parts.

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Screw Boss Design

Screw bosses are a common design element in injection molding projects which accept inserts, screws, fastening or is used for assembling parts.

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Hot Runner Systems

Hot runners or cold runners, many molders ask themselves this question. Let's take a look what hot runners are and when to use them.

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Foam Molding

Foam molding is an integral part of plastic manufacturing, yet it often stands in the shadow. Learn more about it here.

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Thermoset Plastics

Thermoset plastics are commonly known in every-day products, but how does it differentiate from regular plastics?

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A Guide to Thermoforming

Find out more about thermoforming, how does it work and where is it commonly used?

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Blow molding

Products made from blow molding can be seen in every supermarket. Find out about the different blow molding techniques and what makes them special.

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In-mold labeling

In-mold labeling is a common and very effective technique to get labels on your plastic products, during manufacturing.

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CNC manufacturing or 3D printing

CNC manufacturing or 3D printing? There are scenarios where each has its edge.

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Flash

A flash defect is probably the most common injection molding defect on a part. What can be done to avoid and/or fix it?

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Flow Marks

Flow marks commonly occur as lines or circles and they indicate an uneven material flow.

micro molding characteristics

Insight in Micro Molding

Micro-molding is a very specialized art form of creating parts at a minuscule scale via injection molding.

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Innovative Manufacturing Trends in 2024-2025

It’s crucial to have the right technology in place, we discuss the top manufacturing trends that will dominate in 2024-2025.

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Raw Material Procurement in Manufacturing

Raw material procurement is the backbone of many manufacturing businesses, what should you know about it?

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Supply Chain Risk Management

A supply chain risk management (SCRM) strategy helps businesses to operate more efficiently, and enhance customer service.

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Supply Chain Disruption

Disruption in the supply chain can turn out disastrous to any company that does not have a functioning contingency plan in place.

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Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Successful supply chain management nowadays is crucial for any larger company. Have a look what defines & makes it work.

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Product Traceability

Product traceability does not only provide transparency, but also eliminates risks such as bad batches, counterfreit & more.

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Traceability in Manufacturing

Traceability helps to determine every aspect of the manufacturing source, to improve quality, efficiency and transparency.

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Glass-filled Nylon in Injection Molding

In this article, we discuss glass-filled nylon properties, their variations, and how it is used in manufacturing.

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Digital Manufacturing

The goal of digital manufacturing is to increase efficiency and flexibility in the manufacturing process. This article is an in-depth and definitive guide to understanding digital manufacturing, its benefits, and use cases.

hard tooling

Soft Tooling vs Hard Tooling

Soft tooling as well as hard tooling are common ways to produce plastic parts via injection molding. When to use which tooling type?

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Rapid Prototyping

Rapid prototyping is used to create prototypes quickly during various design and development stages. It has become a standard in product development.

3d printing in plastic manufacturing

Role of 3D Printing in Plastic Manufacturing

3D printing is becoming a regular technique in modern plastic manufacturing. The use cases start from prototyping, customized production to low volume production.

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Clear Plastic Injection Molding

Clear plastic injection molding is more challenging than regular injection molding processes due to its high aesthetic requirements

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Injection Mold Life Expectancy

The lifespan of an injection mold is affected by various factors, such as steel material, plastic molding material, maintenance and many more.

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LDPE vs. HDPE

Polyethylene is one of the most popular plastic materials on the market. LDPE and HDPE are among the most used variantes of it.

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Vacuum Voids

Vacuum voids are a type of injection molding defect that causes air-trapped bubbles in the plastic part.

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TPE in Injection Molding

Thermoplastic Elastomers are flexible, rubber-like injection molding materials that process like plastic.

TPR monomers

TPR in Injection Molding

Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR) is a type of injection molding material that has a mix of both plastic and rubber-like properties.

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PMMA in Injection Molding

PMMA, also known as Acrylic has become a popular material choice among many different industries.

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Offshoring, Nearshoring and Onshoring

Offshoring, Nearshoring and Onshoring are often used and popular among manufacturing companies.

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Medical-grade Plastic Material

The medical device and component field has one of the strictest regulations. Which materials can be used for what kind of application?

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PA/Nylon in Injection Molding

PA and Nylon are common and very popular plastic injection molding materials that come in various types and properties.

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PC in Injection Molding

PC can be used in applications where other materials don't stand a chance, especially its transparency is highly sought after.

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PEEK in Injection Molding

PEEK is a great choice of material when chemical resistance and resistance against thermal degradation is needed.

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Homopolymers vs. Copolymers

Homopolymers and Copolymers are the most common plastics that are used in various industries, but what are the differences in structure and application?

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Manufacturing in India

Successfully sourcing or manufacturing in India can be very rewarding for every company.

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Thermoplastics vs. Thermosets

Have you ever wondered what is the difference between those and how to utilize it for your project?

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Sink Marks

Sinks marks are a common problematic occurence during injection molding, but there are ways to avoid it.

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Weld Lines

Weld lines can cause cosmetic or technical problems to a part. Take a look at the causes and solutions.

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Clean Room Injection Molding

Clean room manufacturing and molding is a complicated topic, that is only for advances molders. Let's shine some light on it.

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Injection Molding for any Project

Do you want to use injection molding as your manufacturing solution? Then take a look.

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POM in Injection Molding

POM, an engineering thermoplastic has a wide range or applications with it's specific properties.

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PP in Injection Molding

PP, Polypropylene is a common and often used material in plastic product, check out the details.

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Plastic Warpage

Mold defects are a common topic and especially plastic warpage can have a huge impact on the final part application.

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Overmolding - all you need to know

Overmolding and insert molding are common techniques in injection molding. All you need to know about those is here!

ABS plastic monomers

ABS in Injection Molding

ABS is one of the most popular choices in Injection Molding, and there is a good reason for it.

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Manufacturing in Mexico - End to End

Finding suppliers in Mexico can be tough, but rewarding. Learn how to go about manufacturing in Mexico with this End to End guide.

die spotting in tooling industry

Die Spotting in the Tooling Industry

Die spotting is a process that improves quality and reduces costs when building molds, yet it is not often talked about.

3d printed molding insert

3D printed Inserts for Injection Molding

3D steel printing can significantly lower cycle times in plastic manufacturing. Learn more about its process, quality, reliability and some real case examples.

medical device transfer

Case Study: Medical Device Manufacturing Transfer

Transferring your existing production into another country can be frightening. We have done it successfully and invite you to read about our journey.

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Manufacturing in Thailand

The manufacturing scene in Thailand has been stable and popular for decades. Find out why we decided to have one of our main productions in Thailand.