Plastic Injection Molding Service
At Star Rapid we specialize in producing high-quality plastic injection molded parts and mold tools. We offer machining and finishing services to make tools from a variety of materials, and can produce 50 to 100,000+ finished parts in a wide variety of plastics.
With advanced material verification and quality processes we can ensure your tools and parts exceed your expectations. If you’re ready to start your next project, upload your product design information for a competitive injection molding quote today.
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How Plastic Injection Molding Works
Plastic injection molding is by far the most common way to produce large volumes of finished plastic parts for every kind of commercial and industrial use. Molten resin is injected under high pressure into the cavity of a metal die and then rapidly cooled, forming a solid shape. A single cycle to make a finished part may take anywhere from a few seconds to minutes depending on part complexity and size.
Advantages Of Plastic Injection Molding
Plastic injection molding provides several different advantages. These include the ability to rapidly create large volumes of parts, a variety of plastic materials, high surface quality and the creation of long-lasting tools.
Thousands of plastic materials
to choose from
Stable and reliable
Overmolding for more
Tools can last up to
millions of cycles
The Plastic Injection Molding Process
Once your plastic injection mold tools are ready, the molding process consists of the following basic steps:
Step 1. The plastic resin comes in raw pellets. These are dried to the right moisture content, and then if necessary they can be blended with pigments or master batch colorants.
Step 2. The dried pellets are poured into the hopper of the molding machine. A reciprocating screw inside the barrel of the machine will transport these pellets towards the mold.
Step 3. Within the barrel, the pellets are mixed and heated until fully molten, forming the liquid resin.
Step 4. The heated mold closes automatically and resin, under great pressure, is injected through a gate and into the mold cavity.
Step 5. The mold is cooled to solidify the part inside.
Step 6. The mold opens and the part is ejected to begin a new cycle.
Plastic Injection Molding Resources
All plastic material will expand and contract under the influence of heat and moisture. Our tolerance guide will give more general information on the characteristics of most common resin types for typical part features.
We will work closely with you to optimize your designs for manufacturing. We will indicate any areas where poor design may produce thermal stress, shrinkage, warping, etc. Consult our design guide for more information on common defects and how to avoid them.
Unless otherwise specified, we comply with the DIN 16742 standard tolerances for plastic injection moldings. Read about the visual quality standards that we apply to injection molded parts.
Plastic Injection Molding Quickfacts
What plastic is used in injection molding?
Virtually any type of plastic can be used in the injection molding process. There are thousands of thermoforming and thermosetting plastics to choose from for your project. Check out our list of frequently used materials.
What is the plastic molding process?
Resin in the form of plastic pellets is mixed and heated until it’s melted. Under high pressure this liquid plastic is injected into the hollow cavity of a mold tool and allowed to cool, forming a solid part that is then ejected from the cavity to begin the next cycle.
What are the advantages of plastic injection molding?
Once a tool is made, plastic injection molding is the fastest and most cost-effective way to make up to hundreds of thousands of finished parts.
How long does it take to make an injection mold tool?
Depending on the complexity of the design and possible heat treatment, a plastic injection mold tool can be made in five days to two weeks.
Plastic Injection Molding Articles
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