When looking for the best way to create parts in the fastest and efficient way possible I found several different possible solutions. There is only one that combines a low cost, short time frame and ease of use; this led me to my discovery of Injection Molding. This is a quick way to produce quality parts that will give just about anyone the ability to economically compete with the best of the best and large corporations that have the ability to out spend the small business owner. The technology that is now available on the market lets the average person compete with these companies which pushes everyone to have better quality parts and products and that will only help the consumer.
Injection molding has in the recent years taken off and now allows for even the casual weekend warrior to create parts and quickly put together a project. This will only let more people enter the market place. Combined with the fact you do not have to be an engineer to figure out how to work with Injection Molding, it will help flood the market with more good ideas and create more compaction. The more products to choose from on the mark the better the manufactures will have to make theirs so you decide to pick their product.
With this new ability to help inventors, now everyone can create their product/idea in the best way possible. Injection Molding is done with a polymer material that can be of different grades and have properties. You can create a flexible part for a hose or a hard protective casing for a sensitive micro chip, the choice is yours and there is plethora of options you have to pick from.
Let’s start from the beginning of the entire presses. First you need to be completely sure of what you are creating; it is rare to have one Injection Molding be your entire product. You want to know the entire design of the desired outcome before you start. Once you have that all figured out you can design the part you need and do all the dimensions. Once the design is completed it is a good idea to create a 3D image or model on the computer so you know exactly what you are going to be getting. It is easy to fix a problem when you see it early on but if you let it go until you have a finished part all you did is waste time and money.
The next step is to select the polymer you would desire and that will have a huge impact on the performance and characteristics of the part and what you can and will be able do with it. To understand what comes next you should know just how the junction mold works. There is a “hopper” that will hold the contents of the part material (some form of a polymer). This will go down a tube into the mold cast which is made most of the time by a 3-D printer and the hot liquid polymer with fill that cavity. When cooled it will harden and you have to shave off the extra on the edges.
The biggest positive of this process is, how compact the machine is and the entire process can be completed in your home and you do not have to go off site or outsource the work. This will make it a faster and easier experience at the same time as knowing the part is being made with the highest quality and the utmost care because it is you completing this process not some one in a different country.
With good parts and a plan anyone can turn their idea into a product that others will buy. One good thing to do early on in this endeavor is to patent your parts and ideas so someone else can not profit off of your hard work. Remember you need to be the first to file to be protected!