This injection mold making project is an electrical switch plastic holder, the material is PC-ABS.
Basic part information
- Part size: 47.64 x 73.59 x 16.59 mm
- Plastic material: BAYBLEND FR3010
- Finish: VDI-18
- Color: black
- Production volume: 10K
Welding lines are a typical defects for injection molded parts with many hole features, such as computer key board typically, the hot resin flow around the little inserts and melt flow meet each other on other side where the welding line occurs, this is how welding line occurs, melt flow temperature always drop while melt resin flow over the mold cavity, that is why the welding line can only be optimized but can not be completed removed if you simply use higher mold temperature, in some other cases, changing gate position would just change the welding line to a less critical location, but for a product similar like computer key board, neither mold temperature or changing gate location would work, as a consumer product, the surface finish is quite critical thing, so as you can see now most of the key board product was painted nicely to cover the welding line defects.
Here is an example we have made for one of our clients from US.
This is a mesh basket, at the beginning, the customer decided to go with high temperature ABS material. As usual, we discussed the part details such as parting line, gate type/location, draft angle, wall thickness and the other potential issues/proposal with the customer before mold making, this is called DFM process.
Recently we had done a succeed mold and molding project for a US company, it's a type of a remote controller, project went smooth but I would like to summarize it and point out a few key points, first we take a look on the project.
It's consisted with front case, back case, cover, and silicone pad, there is a BOM for the whole product, but due to Non-disclosure agreement, we can't give more details how it was designed.Basic part information
- Part size: 80x45x30mm
- Plastic material: ABS /silicone
- Finish: SPI-B-2
- Color: blue/black
- Production volume: 10K
We made one 1+1+1 family mold for the front case, back case, cover, actually the front case and cover are in blue, back case is in black, the question is how to do 2 different color in one mold? -- we design a turntable gate so we can mold one color by sealing the other cavities, by this way we only need one mold, even the molding productivity is a little lower but given the cost of an extra mold and only 10K production volume, this is still an economic way to go.
Plastic injection molded parts have many applications on architecture industrial, such as PVC water pipes, plastic gliders on windows, shelf support, hangers, handles etc. ACO Mold has rich experiences to help customer to customize their own architecture plastic parts.
Here is an example to show you how we work with a North American company from mold design to injection molding production for a glider/slider on windows step by step.
Glider size: 0.6x0.5x0.3 inch
Plastic material: PA66+GF30
Demand volume: 10K-20K/ year
ACO Mold are engaged in injection mold making for plastic packaging housing/cases in packaging industrial, usually plastic packaging housing/cases are made in PS or PC, with high polish surface, which required SPI-A mold surface finish, most common choices for steel are NAK80, 1.2083, 1.2344.
Injection mold making is a customized process, ACO Mold engineers work closely with customer to understand their requirements and make proper solution to achieve the best possibility,we are not simply a mold manufacture to deliver the parts according to design, we offer solutions and deliver satisfaction.
From this project, you can see the product designs from customers are not always the optimized one, sometimes the defects of the molded parts are caused by product design problem, the purpose of DFM analysis made by ACO Mold is to avoid such defects before mold making.
ABS is the initial letters of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, it is a high strength, good toughness, easy molding of thermoplastic polymer material. Plastic ABS resin is the largest output, the most widely used polymer in injection molding industry, ABS material widely used in auto parts, household appliances, consumer products, packaging materials, industrial parts etc... ABS Molding Service »
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I am working on an air pressure expulsion mechanism for plastic injection molds, to avoid the use of ejector pins and eliminate or reduce the ejector pins marks. I would like to know other possible solutions to reduce the marks when you eject the parts from the cavity. I will appreciate your comments or ideas!
I assumed that it is plain tap water and serves to heat and possibly cool the mold. I introduced the possibility of using an automotive coolant and here it would be a heating fluid. Certainly pH would be important and I assume should be kept as near to pH7 as possible since aluminum oxides can exhibit amphoteric properties. There are various inhibitors that can be used in these situations, but misuse or lack of monitoring can even accelerate the corrosion.
I don't know how many molds you have, but you might want to try all three types. Depending on various factors, the IAT may cause deposits and affect the overall performance, so I would be more inclined to try the OAT or the HOAT coolant. The use of such coolants in your circulating system may be an inexpensive way to fix your problem.
Erucamide is traditionally used as a slip in polymer films and the methodology is that the best slips are those least compatible with the polymer, so they will migrate out to the surface and act as a slip agent. I recommend you contact your additive supplier and let them know the materials and your needs and they can advise you what would work best as a mold release agent for your application. If you desire less blooming, either choose a non-blooming product or a poorer performer for your base resin, which would be one that blooms less. Your additive supplier is the best source for choosing the correct product for your application.
Blooming effects with fatty acid amids are common (more with oleamides though). The 1500 - 2000 ppm level you are using is quite high and defined to provide a very good slip effect. The functionality is to migrate with this additive class. The additive is soluble in the amorphous melt and literally squeezed out upon cooling of the melt. The less crystalline the morphology is, the faster the migration. The additive continues to migrate (through the amorphous domains) and this effect may cause sub-sequent blooming problems.