The food industry has benefited like no other when it comes to innovations in plastic: Plastic dinnerware, plastic packaging, plastic storage — the list goes on and on. From sanitation to efficiency, food industry plastic parts have made it easy for restaurants and food packagers to be safe and smart in their operations. The food industry continues to embrace plastics and welcomes new innovations.

There’s a good reason First American Plastic has earned a reputation for high industry standards and satisfied customers: we put a strong emphasis on quality control. At First American, it’s about more than speed; we take pride in the end result and our customers know to expect nothing short of perfection.

Contact us to see for yourself, and read on to learn how seriously we take quality.

Below are words commonly used in the plastic injection molding industry:

Additive Manufacturing – The technical term for 3-D printing -- the process of manufacturing a three-dimensional object by placing layer on top of layer -- based on a CAD model.

Blow Molding – A technique in which plastic is forced to take on the shape of a mold cavity by way of a hollow plastic tube applying internal pressure with air.

Blushing – The whitening of plastic in areas that come under high stress.

Plastics manufacturing is moving forward at a rapid pace. The economic recovery is paving the way for new innovations that will impact every manufacturing sector, including plastic injection molding. Coming off a strong year for the industry, it will be exciting to see what’s ahead. Below are three predictions for plastics manufacturing for 2015:

1. 3-D Printing Technology Will Become More Efficient and Accessible

Projects involving custom plastic injection molding are complex. You must be as specific as possible as you convey your project to the manufacturer in order to get an accurate quote and a reasonable timeline. It helps to have as much information upfront as possible. As you plan your plastic molding project, here are a few factors to consider and to discuss with your manufacturing team.

Cost Limitations

The plastic manufacturing industry is very diversified, and consumers have options both in terms of the products they want and the process they use to create them. Below are explanations for three of the most common techniques, as well as how each compares in cost. Keep in mind that costs vary by project and that some products require a combination of techniques.

Plastic Injection Molding

3D printing is still a fairly young technology, and mistakes are bound to be made during the prototype stage. You can avoid listing yourself among the lesson-teaching failures by taking a close look at your design at an early stage.

Before you get started on your 3D printing project, take these three simple steps to ensure that your idea is doable. That way, you can more confidently enter the prototype phase and save yourself time and money.

1. Get Out a Pencil and Some Paper

As complicated as plastic injection molding might sound to a consumer, it is a very common manufacturing method used to create a host of everyday items. From intricate, complex components to larger objects, injection molding plastic is incredibly versatile. Below are just a few objects we come across each day, many of which are made from plastic injection molding.

Automotive Dashboards and Bumpers

Plastic injection molding is an incredibly effective way to manufacture accurate plastic parts and components. It’s quick, saving you valuable production time. It’s accurate, meaning you waste fewer materials. And it’s consistent, giving you peace of mind that what you ask for is what you’ll get — every single time.

As you plan your project, it helps to have a basic understanding of plastic injection molding, its advantages and its design limitations.

What is Plastic Injection Molding?

Plastic injection molding companies are becoming the face of American manufacturing, and manufacturing in turn is driving job growth in this country. Since the end of the recession, the future of plastics has gotten even brighter.

More than 885,000 individuals are employed in the plastics industry, according to research by the Plastics Industry Trade Association. There are more than 16,200 plastics facilities in the United States, and an industry presence in every single state — that’s a significant contribution to the overall economic picture in America.