It seems like injection molding has been around forever. However, there are still many mysteries and misconceptions surrounding this manufacturing method.
In the most basic terms, injection molding is a manufacturing process for producing parts by injecting a material into a mold. Sounds simple enough, right? It can be performed using various materials, but plastic is the most common.
Proto Labs, one of the recognized experts in this space, is hosting a short webcast on April 24 at 11:00 a.m. ET to identify four different methods of obtaining injection-molded parts. The 20-minute webinar will address the basic design rules for successful plastic injection molding.
The most important of these rules is that there are exceptions to every rule. However, bending the rules in some way could have consequences, possibly in terms of time and/or cost. Knowing where and when you can take advantage of the rules could have a big payoff. The webinar will address ways to work with the process and within its guidelines to make the most of injection molding's flexibility and enormous potential.
Specifically, it’ll look at the issues around design, turning concepts into products, materials selection, and understanding the methods of manufacturing.
One thing I've learned about Design News' readers over the past two decades is that they come in all levels of expertise -- novice, experienced, master. The nice thing about these webinars is that they offer something for everyone at all levels. I, too, am curious about the answer to your question, Rob.
I know this company – (ProtoLabs & Proto Mold) – they are a great resource for producing parts and prototypes form your design files. But to answer your question, my experience has always been that the tool-makers and molders provide as much guidance to product designers as possible. That's where I learned all I know about tooling & molding – from the toolers and molders – over a span of several decades.
A design engineer is tasked with designing a plastic part --- But also needs to understand the challenges of the tool designer responsible for the tool molding the part --- Who, in turn, needs to understand issues related to fabricating the molds. It is very valuable for all players in each role to understand the complete full cycle of product development and all the nuances of each phase. Including "why" the product is being developed:
· Market Need
· Product specifications
· Product design
· (multiple) Parts design,
· (multiple) Tool design,
· (multiple) Tool fabrication,
· (multiple) Parts molding,
· Product Assembly
· Product testing
· (end loop – return to start)
Too often, the people in the group either just before yours, or just after yours, seem to be adversaries; and often conflicts and stubbornness result when compromise is necessary. But when you truly understand everyone's challenges as they all relate to the success of the total program – then the result is a smooth process by knowledgeable and respected peers, working together to produce quality products for a profit.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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