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Hot Runner & Cold Runner injection Molds: SMLease Design

A runner is the channel in the mold that guides the molten plastic from the barrel of the injection molding machine to the cavity of mould.

Based on feeding system molds are divided in two categories:

  • Cold Runner mold system
  • Hot runner mold system

 


Cold Runner Injection Mould system

Cold runners are unheated physical channel that is used to direct molten plastic into a injection mould tool cavity after it leaves the nozzle.

In cold runner injection mold, runner is cooled and ejected with the part.

In cold runner system runner dimension is thicker than the part, to ensure that the melt packs into the part without any limitation as it cools.

Round runner may be the best design option for a cold runner system.

Each half of the injection mould co…

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Basic Interview Questions on Plastic Part Design

In this article we will discuss some of the commonly asked interview question with their answers on Plastic part design. Generally questions are asked based on guidelines need to be followed during plastic part design and what will be the effect if guidelines are not followed. 

 


What are the types of plastic based on their chemical behaviour?

Plastic can be divided in two major categories:

 Thermoset / Thermosetting Plastics: After cooling and hardened, these plastics retain their shapes and cannot return to their original form. They are hard and durable. Some of thermosetting plastic include polyurethanes, polyesters, and epoxy resin.

Thermoplastics: This type of plastic can be soften upon heating and return to their original form. They are less rigid than thermo…

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Plastic Part Design Guidelines - SMLease Design

Injection molding is a process in which solid thermoplastic resin pellets are melted, injected into a mold, and then cooled back to a solid state in a new form.

During both the injection and cooling stages of the manufacturing process, there are several factors that may affect the quality of the final product and the repeatability of the manufacturing process. Although it is not possible to follow all recommendations, but following points need to be considered for good quality design and to avoid plastic defects.

You can Contact Us if you have any questions related to Injection moulding part design and need any support for Design and development of plastic part

 


Wall Section Considerations

 

Wall Thickness

Components cost will reduced if part have a…

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Factors Affecting Injection Mould Price - SMLease Design

Cost Of injection mould is very high. With the knowledge of the factors that affects injection mold cost can help in reducing cost, with some change in plastic part design.

With the understanding of factors that affect the moulding process will pay you dividends in a lower cost of production per part, and a more efficient manufacturing process.

Today we will discuss some of the factors that affect injection mould tool and injection moulded part cost. Feel Free to Contact Us If you need any Support related to Injection moulding part manufacturing, Process, Vendor Selection.


Part size 

Large parts require large molds, resulting in more material cost and machining time. Larger moulds handling and transportation cost is also high. Small thin parts process faster than larger t…

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Plastic Material Selection Guidelines - SMLease Design

Selection of plastic material for any specific application is a very complicated task. In the initial phase of plastic part design complete requirements for product application, physical properties and the environment conditions need to be identified to avoid any design failure. Complete Product requirements affects part design and material selection.

Today we will discuss about the considerations need to be looked at before the selection of plastic material. Feel free to Contact Us for any support related to material selection for Injection moulding part Plastic Enclosure Design Services


Mechanical Loads

All types of loads that plastic part will encounter during its complete lifecycle need to be considered


Part Design

Part structure, thickness and size also affects s…

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Plastic Injection Moulding

You can expect cost saving of 25 to 30% with metal-to-plastic conversion. With high strength, consistent reliability, and the ability to be manufactured to the same tight tolerances as metal, plastic parts offer various benefits across all types of industries.

Today we will discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of injection moulding process.If you need any help related to Injection moulding part design and economic feasibility of moving from metal to plastic feel to contact us at info@SMLease.com


What is Injection Moulding

Injection moulding is commonly used thermoplastic (ABS, PC, PE, PS, Nylon) plastic manufacturing process to achieve high production rate. Injection moulding process requires Injection moulding machine, raw plastic material and injection moul…

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Injection Molding defects And How To Control Them - SMLease Design

During Injection Molding process some plastic defects come-up that affects product performance, function & Aesthetics. Some basic design rules we need to follow to reduce injection moulding defects. Injection molding defects can be because of improper design as well as process.

Today we are going to discuss in detail about some of common injection moulding defects. If you need any help related to Plastic Part Design, contact us at resources@SMLease.com.

 


Short Shot / Short Moulding

In Short Shot / Short Mould defect, injection moulded plastic, does not reach at certain portions of the injection mould before solidifying. 

Short shot may occurs because, in between the flow of the molten plastic, the front end of the flow gets cooled and solidifies another reason ca…

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Injection Molding Process - SMLease Design

Injection moulding is commonly used thermoplastic (ABS, PC, PE, PS, Nylon) plastic manufacturing process to achieve high production rate. Injection moulding process requires Injection molding machine, raw plastic material and injection mold.

If you need any help related to Injection moulding part design and economic feasibility of moving from metal to plastic feel to contact us at info@SMLease.com


Injection Moulding Working Principle

Molten thermoplastic is injected into a mould and a high pressure is applied the desired Plastic shape is obtained inside the mould. After solidification of finished part it is injected out of mold. 


Process of Injection Molding


Injection Molding Part Design

Design and manufacturing of injection moulding is not easy. It re…

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Plastic Overmolding

Over-moulding is the injection moulding process where one material (usually a TPE or plastic) is molded onto a second material (plastic or metal). If material selection is done properly, the over moulded parts will form a strong bond with the plastic. Primers or adhesives are not required to achieve an optimum bond between the two materials. Sometime primers are used to increase the bonding strength

If you need any help related to Injection moulding part design and economic feasibility of moving from metal to plastic feel to contact us at info@SMLease.com


Over moulding can be used to enhance many features of product designs, including:

  • Safety : Improved grip in wet environment, vibration Damping
  • Ergonomics : improve the comfort level
  • Functionlity : Waterproofing, Sou…

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Heat Stacking

Heat Staking is a joining technology to join two or more parts together where at least one is made out of plastic. The process is used to melt and deform the plastic material using heat and force at a set process time. De-forming the plastic is achieved by heating it above the glass transition temperature and apply pressure. After heating, the materials are cooled down under pressure again to below the glass transition temperature.

If any help related to design for heat stacking is required feel to contact us at info@SMLease.com


Process Of Heat-Stacking

 

Step 1 : Heat Stacking Tool comes down on the stud (part to be heat stacked) 


Step 2: Force is applied on the stud and once the required force is achieved the heating process starts

 
Step 3: The forc…

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IP Rating - SMLease Design

IP Rating is used to define the level of sealing effectiveness against foreign objects (water & solid objects) in enclosures. International Standard EN 60529 and IEC 60509:1988 has  defined the IP rating. 

You can Contact Us for support in design and development of rugged waterproof enclosures


IP Stands for Ingress Protection: It consists of 2 numbers.

  • 1st number indicates protection of persons against access to hazardous parts and protection of machines/equipment against entry of solid parts.
  • 2nd number indicates protection of machines/equipment against harmful ingress of water. 

Download IP Rating Comparison Sheet

IP Rating XX


First Number

1st number in IP Rating indicates protection of persons against access to hazardous parts and protection o…

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