The Advantages and Disadvantages of Injection Moulding

November 6, 2018 0 Comments

Injection Moulding is a commonly used manufacturing process whereby identical parts are produced in high volumes by injection material into a closed mould. Through using a variety of materials, a design will be produced to facilitate the moulding process.

To help firstly understand the process, granules of plastic material are placed into the machine via conveying systems. The melted plastic material is then injected under pressure through runner systems into the cavity. You will then be able to define the shape of the mould through using our specialist equipment and tools. Once cooled and ejected from the mould you’d then have a finished part. This process is then repeated allowing each cycle to produce an identical part.

The Advantages of Injection Moulding

  • The injection moulding process provides fast production at a high-output.
  • Due to the process being mainly machine orientated, the cost of labour is lower than other manufacturing processes.
  • The design is known to be very flexible as multiple materials can be used at the same time and you can use a range of coloured materials.
  • As the parts produced are identical good consistency is a guarantee.
  • Due to the flexibility of plastic injection moulding, our machines can produce even the smallest of parts whilst leaving as little post-production scrap possible.

The Disadvantages of Injection Moulding

  • One of the few disadvantages for injection moulding is that there may be a high initial tooling and machinery cost.
  • If you want to produce parts at a low volume then small runs of parts can be less cost-effective.
  • It’s important to note that there are a few design restrictions for plastic injection moulding, however by working alongside our experienced design team you should be able to overcome initial issues.

Our knowledgeable team will be more than happy to help, advise and quote for your Injection moulding requirements.

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