A knit line is any line, visible or not, where two resin flows meet. Depending on the design of the mold and the material being injected, a knit line may present no problem at all, may be a cosmetic issue, or may cause a serious structural problem.
Good article. In many electromechanical assemblies, Agency requirements can matter also. A polymer may be the perfect match for the strength, finish, etc. needed for the product. However, that particular grade of polymer may not have the flame retardant properties needed to pass 94V-0 at the specified thickness in order to achieve agency certification for the entire product. It is important to also consider agency requirements up front during product development to make sure the entire product can be certified.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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