Injection Molding

Solvay builds case for metal replacement at MD&M East

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 10th, 2014

Although replacing metals with plastics in the medical device space has been a hot topic in the business-to-business media for some time, the switch has yet to be made in countless applications. "The healthcare sector, relatively speaking, has been a fairly late adopter," says Dane Waund, Global Market Manager, Healthcare, Solvay Specialty Polymers (Alpharetta, GA).

Will 3D printing of cores & cavities be disruptive to moldmaking?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 9th, 2014

I just finished another article on a manufacturing company that molds the plastics components for its products in-house, and is using additive manufacturing to make the cores and cavities for its molds - in less than 24 hours. That's the second article I've written recently about using 3D printing, aka additive manufacturing (AM), to build cores and cavities to enable the injection molding of the actual parts.

Key steps for metal-to-plastic conversion

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 9th, 2014

The ability to replace a metal component with one molded out of plastic means that extremely complex shapes and geometries can be achieved easily. That also means greater design freedom and more optimum design for manufacturability.

Converting metal components to plastic takes on new importance

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 9th, 2014

As OEMs in the transportation industry seek out ways to reduce weight for greater fuel savings and, in the case of the automotive industry, meet CAFE standards, suppliers in the plastics industry are asked to help find new solutions. Thermoplastic composites are making a big gain in the aerospace industry as OEMs replace not only metal but thermoset components with thermoplastic composite materials.

Linear announced plans to double 3D metal printing capacity

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 9th, 2014

Linear Mold & Engineering announced at RAPID 2014 and Amerimold the company's plans to expand its 24,000 sq-ft Livonia, MI headquarters by 17,000 sq-ft. This expansion will make room for eight more DMLM machines, a dedicated training center plus expanded finishing and tooling operations. Two of the DMLM machines are to be delivered in two weeks. 

Linear's expansion will include the following enhancements to their current capabilities:

Whale pumps 3D prints molds; cuts lead times by up to 97%

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 9th, 2014

Additive manufacturing for the building of mold cores and cavities has been slow to catch on, however, it is seeing some forward movement as 3D printing technology advances. Stratasys Ltd., a global solutions provider in 3D printing and additive manufacturing, announced that Whale, a leading manufacturer of water and heating systems for mobile applications, has slashed its lead times for the production of injection mold tools for prototype parts by up to 97% since introducing Stratasys printing into its tooling process.

Direct 3D-printed silicone parts get face time

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 8th, 2014

Design bureau Fripp Design and Research (Sheffield, UK) has developed a 3D printer that directly prints silicone, the first of its kind, according to company co-founder Steve Roberts. The technology has the potential to dramatically expand the frontier of prosthetics fabrication, and that's just for starters.

Global competitiveness through local value

By Patrick Gerard
Published: June 6th, 2014

"The year 2030: The long-standing division of the world in the three markets of Europe, America and Asia is dissolved. There is a fully integrated world market with globalized product segments."

Hillary Clinton visits injection molding manufacturer in Colorado

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 6th, 2014

Earlier this week, former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Intertech Plastics, the largest custom injection molding manufacturer in Colorado. Clinton met with local business and non-profit leaders, as well as, several current and former trainees from Intertech's workforce development programs to highlight the benefits for businesses providing training, mentoring and hiring initiatives to young people. Clinton also spoke with employees on the factory floor about their workforce experiences and their career pathways through their training initiatives.

New stainless mold base steel offers high machinability and improved thermal conductivity

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 5th, 2014

Industeel ArcelorMittal has developed an original patented free-machining martensitic stainless steel called SuperPlast Stainless (SPS), that has seen good success in the marketplace among mold base manufacturers. Mold bases manufactured with SPS offer high machinability to provide both high productivity and longer tool life, thus reducing costs. SuperPlast also provides high, consistent mechanical strength and hardness, optimum thermal properties to facilitate the removal of heat energy through cooling, and corrosion resistance to ensure mold durability and reduce maintenance costs.

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