4 WAYS YOU CAN IMPROVE THE MANUFACTURABILITY OF YOUR PART FOR INJECTION MOLDING (Part1)
Injection molding is an incredibly efficient and accurate way to produce and enhance parts of all shapes and sizes. If you want to optimize a parts manufacturability for injection molding, you will need to understand the different aspects and details of this process.
There are many checks and balances necessary to reap the benefits of injection molding. Each specific and unique design has many parts that need to be aligned in order to get the most out of your finished good. Things such as material selection, operating environment, part geometry, and more all have a big effect on manufacturability.
Knowing the crucial aspects of this process will allow you to improve both the quality and the manufacturability of your designs. Here are four ways to improve the manufacturability of your injection molded part design.
REMEMBER THE NECESSITIES
Every single part will have a visible parting line, ejector pin marks, and gate location. When a part is ready to be released the two mold halves will need to separate creating something known as a parting line. Because of the intrinsic way mold function parting lines are unavoidable. Consider these details when first designing a part to make sure their locations won’t affect cosmetics or part integrity.
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Shrinkage of material will also occur during the cooling process and needs to be taken into consideration. This is important to account for when designing to ensure tool build accounts for a shrink to maintain dimensional integrity but also to prevent your part from becoming stuck in a mold as the material shrinks around steel features.
STUDY YOUR MATERIALS
Selecting the right material can be one of the biggest and most important considerations in the process of part design. There are many factors that go into this decision including physical characteristics, chemical properties, operating environment, and regulatory considerations.
To be continued….