Injection molding isn’t a simple process, and as many of us know, it can sometimes take quite a bit of trial and error to get your injection molding designs just right. And while every new design requires several iterations between initial conception and production, there are several things you can do now to increase the chances of your design becoming a successful product.
- Focus on material selection: The materials you use for your injection molding products are essential when it comes to the cost of production and the quality and durability of the finished product. Make sure that you devote plenty of time, energy and research to finding materials that are most suitable for your components and will result in the highest quality finished products. Different materials respond differently to the injection molding process and it’s important that you know what to expect when it comes to shrinkage, minimum wall thickness, cooling rates, and durability.
- Incorporate texture into your design: There are many different ways to create texture in injection molded projects. Some manufacturers choose to add texture after the injection molding process has been completed, but it’s possible to create a textured product with a specialized mold. Etched or milled molds are effective at creating a textured product. By incorporating texture into your mold design, you can save time and money that would otherwise be spent on secondary texture processes.
- Think about wall thickness: Reducing wall thickness can save you money and streamline the injection molding process, but going too thin might leave you with a part that’s weak or unsuitable for its intended purpose. Factor in shrinkage and create designs with wall thickness that will result in the most successful part possible.
- Work with an engineer: Without extensive knowledge of injection molding and the intricacies of mold design, it’s difficult to optimize the design of your components. Working with an engineer who specializes in injection molding is the best way to achieve molds and components that have all of the qualities you want. Look for a reputable engineer who can provide you with comprehensive services and answer any questions you have about the injection molding process
If you need design assistance to ensure your product designs are ready for success, give the team at KASO Plastics a call. We offer a wide range of services and have extensive experience with injection molding, engineering and design.