Plastic Injection Molding Benefits and Limitations

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?

Injection molding is a popular manufacturing process used to create plastic parts by injecting heated material into a specific mold. Molds are made from specific designs, giving the customer maximum flexibility and control over the end product. While the process can be used for various metals and even glasses, it’s considered a highly effective method for creating custom injection molded plastics.

What are the Advantages of Custom Injection Molded Plastics?

This process is typically the preferred option for manufacturing individual plastic parts. Almost any plastic part or component can be made efficiently and accurately with injection molding — from parts for medical devices to parts used in manufacturing.

As mentioned above, molds are custom-made. That gives you the major advantage of having parts that are perfectly custom-designed for your purposes. Further, the use of custom-made molds reduces the risk of error during manufacturing.

One of the biggest advantages of plastic injection molding is accuracy. The injection molding process is effective, consistent and virtually error-proof. Of course, it all comes down to the tools you use and the process that backs it up. At First American Plastic, we use cutting-edge technology, high-quality tools, and robust internal processes to ensure your project is completed up to 25 percent faster than the industry standard — meaning an on-time delivery rate of more than 99 percent.

Design Limitations

As versatile as injection molding is, be mindful that custom injection molded plastics are limited in design. For example, size matters. Injection molding equipment can only take on jobs that fit within set parameters if the product is to be one complete piece. Similarly, different designs and materials could limit how thin your product wall is.

Each job is unique, and First American Plastic specializes in getting you as close to perfect as possible. Our staff can help you determine the specific size, thickness and design limitations depending on the job you request, so contact us today.

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