Star Announces AEO Certification

AEO certification

Star Rapid is now an “Authorized Economic Operator”, a certification recognized by the World Customs Organization (WCO) as part of the international SAFE program, or Standards to Secure and Facilitate global trade. Star was actually approved for this program in 2021, but Covid restrictions delayed final certification. OK, that sounds all well and good, but […]

All about multi-cavity injection molding for high volumes

Want to know how to maximize production throughput and reduce costs when making high volumes of plastic injection molded parts? The answer lies with multi-cavity tooling, where it’s possible to produce up to hundreds of finished parts in a single injection cycle. In this Serious Engineering video, Gordon Styles shows you how it’s done.

Improving Looks And Performance With Anodizing

Want to know why anodizing is one of our favorite forms of surface treatment? In this video from Serious Engineering, Gordon Styles breaks down the many benefits of anodizing for aluminum, magnesium and titanium parts.  Great looks, corrosion resistance, improved surface hardness – it’s all there and more. Check it out and don’t forget to […]

The Five Secrets of Designing for Medical Products

Product developers, do you know these five secrets to successful medical product design? In this video from Serious Engineering, Gordon Styles explains how to improve your medical designs to enhance performance, safety, comfort and more. And although he’s not a real doctor, he does play one on television. So be sure to tune in to […]

The Ultimate Guide To Design for Manufacturing

Join us for a comprehensive overview of design for manufacturing, or DFM. It’s a term that’s often used but rarely explained, so today we’re going to explore the details and show why it’s so important for getting the most out of product development. What is Design for Manufacturing? Design for manufacturing (DFM), also known as […]

Surface Textures For Plastic Injection Molding

The surface texture of a plastic part influences much more than how it looks and feels. Surfaces can affect mechanical performance, chemical interactions, electrical resistance or conductivity, friction, corrosion resistance, and many other factors. How are these textures created, and why is this important for your project development goals?  Surface textures are imparted to the […]

How To Use DFM To Improve Plastic Injection Molding

We’ve written elsewhere about the importance of design for manufacturing (DFM) analysis in manufacturing. No matter the size of the project, we always recommend using DFM discipline to save time and money while preserving quality. A complete DFM review covers all aspects of product development. In this study, we are going to concentrate specifically on […]

Understanding multi-cavity designs for injection molding efficiency

There are three general categories of plastic injection mold tools that product designers can consider when making finished parts. They each have advantages, largely depending on the intended volumes. Let’s take a closer look at which type might be best for your project. A single cavity plastic injection mold tool is the most basic form […]

Manufacturing Tooling Design Fundamentals

There are many types of specialized tools used in manufacturing to make every imaginable kind of product, from shoes to submarines and everything in between. Because their variety and application are so broad, we’d like to focus our attention on forming tools, and we’ll explain how they differ from other tools found on the factory […]

A Complete Guide to Overmolding vs Insert Molding

In this article, we discuss insert molding and overmolding, the advantages of each, and the applications they’re best suited for. We hope these manufacturing insights, along with useful design tips, will help you get great results on your next plastic injection molding project. Navigate to these sections in the article: What is Overmolding? What is […]