Injection molding is one of the most commonly-used plastic part manufacturing processes. It is suitable for the production of parts from both thermoplastic and thermoset polymers.
There are different types of rapid tooling available. The benefits of each vary based on your required materials, technology, accuracy, consistency, and size. If you’re considering rapid tooling for your prototype, keep these three limitations in mind:
- The mold has to be strong enough to handle the injection molding process.
- The mold needs to be smooth enough for the plastic part to eject cleanly.
- The mold may not have tight enough tolerances.