Today we’d like to highlight the ingenious efforts of a DIY plastic molder, who created a plastic molding process out of fairly primitive materials. You can read his story as he told it on Reddit. We got his permission to put together this post, but unfortunately we don’t have any access to actual photographs of his process.
Simple Methods with Extraordinary Results!
In East Africa, the ancient art of blacksmithing is getting a twenty-first century, eco-friendly upgrade. A writer working under the pseudonym Technosaur has developed a “smelting” process for recycling plastic and rubber, allowing for an innovative form of custom plastic molding.
Necessity Gives way to Invention Again
Technosaur’s village lacks safe running water, and tire-soled shoes are common footwear there. Perhaps it was this culture of upcycling – repurposing used materials into new products – that cultivated Technosaur’s ambition to go the step further and build a home-based plastics recycling method. In a reddit post, Technosaur explains that while plastic products are unavoidable, it is possible to reduce the waste they create by melting them down and molding them into new items. (more…)
The injection molding process is when a carefully shaped mold known as an injection mold is created for the purpose of conforming plastic into a specified shape. This revolutionary process has become quite popular over the years. In addition to this, there are now a lot of molding companies that have made their name and presence known to the different industries.
Qualities to Look For in an Injection Molding Company
While there can be a lot of companies to choose from, finding the best plastic molding company can be a tough task to do especially if you are not really familiar with the qualities of a good injection molding company. Here are some of the top features that the best injection molding companies should possess: (more…)
Plastic injection molding machines first came about in the 1930’s to meet the needs of an industry that required a manufacturing process which could produce complex and custom plastic components. The injection molding process soon evolved into a successful method of mass production which introduced products cheaply and within exacting tolerances. Due to the precision of injecting plastic into a mold instead of stamping or cutting it out, the process has lessened waste and allowed lower quality plastics to be introduced. The injection molding process has revolutionized the manufacturing process for components and items that we every day, like plastic forks, toothbrushes and sunglasses. (more…)
Your company has a great idea for a product. You have the patents squared away. You have explored your markets thoroughly. It’s time to figure out the best manufacturing option. A good manufacturing process should be versatile, simple and affordable. It should yield dependable results on a consistent basis. Innovators the world over are discovering the world of possibilities offered with plastic injection molding. So what makes injection molding so great? (more…)
An environmentally responsible business plan is becoming an increasingly vital component of any effective long-term strategy. This is not merely due to the growing number of environmental laws businesses must comply with, but also due to the fact that the public expects that the business world will do its part in preserving the environment. Fortunately, plastic molding is a technology that can combine productivity, cost-effectiveness and an environmentally responsible production process in one package. (more…)
Some people have called plastic one of the greatest inventions of the modern age. At first I thought that was a ridiculous statement, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized how much plastic injection molding has made my life better. It’s easy to be ignorant and complain about plastics being wasteful or bad for the environment, but without this wonder material, I’m not sure I’d want to live in this modern world. Here are the five things I’d miss most if plastics disappeared:
Contrary to many uninformed individuals, plastic can actually help the environment in a wide variety of ways. While it’s common knowledge the plastic can be recycled and reformed through plastic molding techniques, there are still many more ways plastic is better for the environment than traditional materials such as paper or wood. The following examples are only some of the ways that plastic is helping the environment.
In the 1800s, the advent of plastics and polymers spawned the concept of injection molding. The basic definition of injection molding is easy to understand. In the case of plastic injection molding, plastic resins, sometimes referred to as “plasticizers,” are passed through a heated plastic injection mold to create specific product forms. Under heated temperatures, these resins become pliable and elastic enough to be transferred to molds. One example of injection molding is the method by which window lineals are produced. In this example, polymerized plasticizer resins are entered into a heated industrial hopper and transferred through a screw or clamp type output to a plastic injection molding machine with sprue and ejector controls. The heated elasticized material is shaped into long rods by the injection mold process. The injection mold may be designed with decorative curves and angles, or the injection mold may include small markings. These markings indicate where the rods will be joined so fabricators can attach these to window glass to create window frames. Some injection molding machines also have cooling chambers where high heat temperatures are required to create the final product. (more…)
We believe that our Ft Worth injection molding company is one of the best in the custom molded plastic business, and we can prove it!
If you’ve spent time researching plastic injection molding companies, you’ve probably had to wade through a number of websites, reading page after page of unverifiable claims. Chances are you read a lot of vague suggestions which didn’t possess the facts and guarantees needed to inspire confidence. Superior Plastics stands out from the rest of those companies because we have the experience and confidence to promise you the best plastic injection molding services in the industry. And these aren’t empty words – we’ve proven time and again to all our clients that Superior Plastics is the industry leader. (more…)
Plastic needs to be fabricated such that it can be used for various purposes such as wires, furniture parts, bottle caps, and many other commonly found plastic products around us. A manufacturing process that involves plastic molding for this purpose can be referred to as injection molding, a procedure that Superior Plastics knows all about!
The Injection Molding Process
The entire process of molding takes about 2 minutes and comprises of four different stages namely clamping, injecting, cooling, and ejecting. The machine used is called the plastic injection molding machine. Raw plastic is usually fed in to the machine where it is melted under high pressure and temperature. The injection machine then injects the melted plastic into the mold where it is made to cool and further solidify into the desired shape. Plastic is highly versatile and can be easily molded or recycled. This makes it capable of being used in a wide range of applications. After the completion of each cycle, a small portion of post-processing would be required. This mostly involves lending a fine finish to the cooled part by trimming or scrapping the additional solidified plastic molding parts. (more…)