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Injection Mould Manufacturing


Injection molding is one of the most common manufacturing processes used to produce plastic goods. It is a high-demand process that can reproduce the same part thousands of times. The process starts with a Computer Aided Design (CAD) file that contains a digital copy of the part. The CAD file is then used as a set of instructions to aid in the mold manufacturing process. The mold, or tool, is typically made from two pieces of metal. A cavity in the shape of the part is cut into each side of the mold. This mold is usually made from aluminum, steel, or an alloy.

After mold production, the next step is to select the proper plastic material. Material selection will depend on the how the final part will be used. Plastic materials have a variety of characteristics to consider. This includes over all appearance and feel, as well as resistance to chemicals, heat, and abrasion. Speak with the experts at DJmolding to learn more about available plastic materials for injection molding.

Most injection molds are made up of two parts – an A side and a B side, or the cavity and the core. The cavity side is typically the best side while the other half, the core, will have some visual imperfections from the ejector pins that push the finished part out of the mold. An injection mold will also include support plates, ejector box, ejector bar, ejector pins, ejector plates, sprue bushing, and a locating ring.

Mold Design: The first step in mold manufacturing is to create a detailed design based on the specifications and requirements of the part being produced. The mold design includes the core and cavity, cooling channels, gating system, ejection system, and other necessary features. Computer-aided design (CAD) software is commonly used to create a digital representation of the mold design.

Material Selection: The choice of material for the mold depends on factors such as the expected production volume, part complexity, and cost considerations. Mold materials are typically high-strength alloys, such as tool steels or aluminum. The material selection is crucial to ensure the mold’s durability and performance during the injection molding process.

Mold Machining: Once the mold design is finalized, the machining process begins. This involves using specialized machines, such as CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milling machines and EDM (Electrical Discharge Machining) equipment, to shape the mold components according to the design specifications. The core, cavity, cooling channels, and other features are precisely machined to ensure accurate dimensions and surface finish.

Heat Treatment: Depending on the material used, the mold components may undergo heat treatment processes to enhance their hardness, toughness, and overall mechanical properties. Heat treatment methods such as quenching and tempering are applied to achieve the desired material characteristics.

Surface Finishing: After machining and heat treatment, the mold components may undergo additional surface finishing processes. This can include polishing, grinding, or texturing to achieve the desired surface texture and appearance on the final plastic parts.

Assembly: Once all the individual mold components are machined and finished, they are carefully assembled to form the complete mold. This includes aligning the core and cavity, installing the cooling channels, gating system, and ejection system components. The mold is meticulously checked and adjusted to ensure proper fit and functionality.

Testing and Validation: Before the mold is put into production, it undergoes testing and validation processes. This may involve conducting trial runs with the injection molding machine to verify proper function, assess part quality, and make any necessary adjustments or modifications.

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