By: Ashlee McNicol
Injection molding is a manufacturing process of shaping plastics by injecting heated materials into molds. Specific to our San Antonio facility, Precision Group offers the full-service manufacturing of molded plastic components for a wide range of industries.
As with any industry, manufacturing is not immune to certain misconceptions. The most common reason people believe myths about the manufacturing industry is that companies have different resources and capabilities.
We’re here to debunk some of the most common injection molding myths, so you can rest assured that injection molding is a good way to go for your next product.
Let’s get started.
Myth #1: Quality prototypes aren’t available with injection molding.
People tend to think that prototypes aren’t possible with injection molding because of the cost and time associated with creating them. However, injection molding can produce quality prototypes at a much faster rate than other molding options. These prototypes also more accurately represent the finished product. Not only can you get a feel for how it will look, you can usually make changes to the design without drastically increasing the cost or production timeline. Precision Group even offers prototype aluminum molds.
Myth #2: Short production isn’t possible with injection molding.
Injection molding works for both short and long production processes, from creating prototypes to mass-producing products. It is possible to manufacture more detailed devices and still have them done quickly, too. It doesn’t have to be expensive, either. In order to offer cost-effective injection molding, Precision Group offers Master Unit Die and Round Mate quick-change mold frame systems. These systems achieve lower tooling costs with the benefit of quick-to-market manufacturing.
Myth #3: Injection molding is limited to certain materials.
Due to how injection molding works, you’d think that only certain materials are compatible. However, injection molding is flexible and can utilize many materials such as ABS and polypropylene. With injection molding, you can even combine materials to create custom results. The great thing about this is that it can also eliminate waste since excess material can be reused—contributing to the ultimate mission of sustainability.
At Precision Group, we always strive to be on the cutting edge of technology and deliverability. Check out our website at www.precision-group.com.